Media Advisory – Photo Op: WSSC Sparks the Interest of Future Engineers

Region’s Largest Water Utility Celebrates National Engineers Week by Promoting Careers in STEM

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Students to Participate in Hands-On Engineering Activities


Laurel, Md. – February 19, 2018 – Sparking the interest of future engineers, WSSC is working to build its talent pipeline by promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and careers during National Engineers Week (February 18-24) with several hands-on programs geared to local Maryland students.

“WSSC is committed to STEM education to help spark interest among local students to consider careers in engineering,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “Engineers are a key reason WSSC has been able to produce safe, clean water for the past 100 years – all without a single drinking water quality violation. Our involvement in National Engineers Week will help us attract the next generation of engineers to continue our clean water mission.”

The three-part series kicks off tomorrow with WSSC’s first-ever Engineering & Internship Fair for college students interested in exploring careers in the water industry. On Thursday, WSSC will host its second annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day for approximately 50 7th to 9th grade girls from across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. WSSC involvement in National Engineers Week culminates with the popular Sewer Science program on Friday, February 23 for 20 students from Fairmount Heights High School. Through hands-on experiments, students learn about engineering and water treatment at WSSC’s Parkway Wastewater Treatment Plant in Laurel.

Media are welcome to attend any/all these events during the following times: 

Engineering & Internship Fair
When: Tuesday, February 20, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Where: WSSC Headquarters, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
When: Thursday, February 22, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: WSSC Headquarters, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD

Special Edition Sewer Science
When: Friday, February 23, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: WSSC’s Parkway Wastewater Treatment Plant, 10198 Canadian Way, Laurel, MD 20708

EDITOR’S NOTE: All events are very visual involving students engaging in hands-on engineering-related activities. This is a great local education story focused on a national need to attract more students to STEM careers. We can be flexible on time.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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