Somerset Community College (SCC) hosted a Guys Geared up for Technology, Engineering, Computers and Science (G2-TECS) Conference and a Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS) recently on the SCC Somerset Campus. Students from thirteen area middle schools including Casey, Cumberland, McCreary, Meece, North Laurel, Northern, Rockcastle, Russell, Science Hill, Somerset Christian, South Laurel, Southern and Wayne County took part in the conferences after being selected from an application process.
G2-TECS and GEMS was created as a way to encourage students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. The G2-TECS program is designed to promote the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) program which promotes a larger and more diverse science and engineering workforce.
After the welcome, each student participated in workshops focused on five occupations or career areas: 3D Printing & Robotic Welding, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Culinary Arts, Aeronautics and Space and Respiratory Therapy.
The 3D printing and robotic welding workshop was hosted by Eric Wooldridge, mechanical engineer and SCC associate professor, Karl Watson, SCC associate professor and Scott Stringer, SCC instructional specialist. The Electrical Engineering and Electronics workshop was hosted by Curt Null, SCC assistant professor in Electronics/Electrical Technology and Phillip Moran, SCC assistant professor of Electronics/Electrical Technology. The Culinary Arts workshop was hosted by SCC Chefs Michael Wells and Ed Nazario. The Respiratory Therapy workshop was hosted by Jess Hoskins, SCC Advanced-Level Respiratory Therapist Program director, Jason Asher, SCC Director of clinical education, Angie Mills, SCC laboratory director, and SCC Respiratory Therapy students Kristin Helmer and Jillian Morrison. The Aeronautics and Space workshop was hosted by Tom Cravens, director of the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky.
After lunch from Fazoli’s and workshops, each student attended a career expo where they were able to meet STEM professionals and participate in hands-on activities at each STEM booth, which included: aviation technology, pre-medicine and pre-pharmacy, biology, math and natural sciences, radiography, industrial maintenance technology, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy assistant, paramedic technology, surgical technology, radiography, Robotic Innovative Group, Project Lead the Way and scholarships.
SCC Student Ambassadors were assigned to assist the groups. The ambassadors were: Shannon Plagge, Rebecca Dunmore, Parth Patel, Autumn Smith, Caitlyn Huff, Audrey Lovell, Abi Perkins, Christian Miller, Dominic Rodriguez, Cassandra Casada, Teia Daniel and Tiffany Russell.
SCC G2-TECS and GEMS Team Members include: Carol Calcaterra, Cindy Byrd, Judy Covey, Tanya Cowan, Veronica DeBord, Martha Deitz, Carrie Fitzpatrick, Jamie Foster, Alesa Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Scott McClendon, Ronald Meade, Karen Plagge, DeAnna Proctor, Cecilia Ramilo, Gail Stringer and Jennifer Wilson.
Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit their website at somerset.kctcs.edu.