*Media Advisory – Photo Ops* Engineering Students Get On-the-Job Experience at WSSC

Maryland’s Largest Water Utility Celebrates National Engineers Week with Hands-on Learning for Students of All Ages

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – February 15, 2019The future is now, as WSSC opens its doors to dozens of students for on-the-job experience and exploration during National Engineers Week (February 17-23). Throughout the week, WSSC is taking elementary to college-age students to water main construction sites, water filtration plants and teaching them about all things water and engineering.

From job-shadow days for college students to hands-on lessons geared just for girls studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), WSSC will highlight the wide variety of ways the utility uses STEM-related skills to ensure life’s most precious resource flows to its 1.8 million customers.

Media Welcome to Attend:

Discover Engineering Family Day

WSSC joins engineering and STEM organizations at the National Building Museum for a day of exploration.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shadow an Engineer Program

Twenty college students pair with WSSC engineers for the day to visit water main construction sites, go behind the scenes at a water filtration plant and don lab coats to see firsthand how WSSC monitors water quality in its laboratory.

When: Tuesday, February 19, Wednesday, February 20 and Friday, February 22; times vary

Where: Several WSSC locations

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Twenty-five girls from Benjamin Stoddert Middle School (Marlowe Heights, MD) will spend the day with women engineers building complex water filtration models, creating wastewater treatment systems, and exploring the many career opportunities for women in the engineering field.

When: Thursday, February 21, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

(WSSC/CEO Carla A. Reid will join the girls at noon to talk about her career journey)

Where: WSSC Headquarters, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707

EDITOR’S NOTE: All events are very visual, with students engaged in hands-on, engineering-related activities.

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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