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District Interns Launch STEM Initiative
July 23, 2010

According to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, this fall Hampton Roads high school students will be exposed to a new side of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as interns launch an initiative that will expose students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM.

A team of a dozen up-and-coming district leaders have worked the past few months to lay the groundwork for the high school outreach program which exposes local students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Pictured team members from left to right include Holly Smith, Alicia Farrow, Drew Johnson, Krista Sowers, Danit Tal and Rachel Jones. Not pictured team members include Nicole Ange, Brittany Brown, Vincent Cotton, Kristen Donofrio, Erika Field and Walter Kloth. (U.S. Army photo/Brittany Brown)

The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s high school outreach program is designed to educate students about the benefits of pursuing STEM-related academic studies, including research opportunities, jobs, internships and higher education.

The program is a comprehensive effort cultivating high school students to STEM and providing guidance from the perspective of district interns who have already completed the program, said Danit Carrier Tal, project manager for the new initiative.

Expanding the recruitment and hiring processes of the integrated internship program, the newly developed high school outreach program is a means of exposing local high school students to STEM. A tri-fold brochure created by the team outlines high school level science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses to help prepare students for college-level courses or the workforce.

The goal of the high school outreach program, unlike the internship program, is to increase the number of high school students with interest and competencies in STEM, which may ultimately increase the number of college graduates and professionals with the technical competencies that comprise the Corps of Engineers’ workforce.

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