The Green STEM Summit and speed mentoring will be on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.
The summit, sponsored by the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC), will focus on Green Career Pathways. To give our college-bound high school students and community college students an opportunity to “chart their green career pathway,” they have three exciting and interactive events planned for the summit: 1) a speed mentoring session led by environmental and sustainability professionals; 2) a panel session with college students and early career professionals talking about their experiences with internships, research grants and job shadowing; and 3) a university showcase of environmental and sustainability programs, degrees and current areas of research. Many high school students will also be competing for prizes by presenting their environment-related science projects in a poster session.
Over a dozen universities with premier environment-related programs have signed up so far, including Arizona State University’s top ranked School of Sustainability, UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Management, Oregon State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Humboldt State, CSUN, CSU Fullerton and few others.
Here’s how it will work: One to three, mentors will be seated at tables throughout our large conference room (number of mentors per table depends on how many signups we get). Students will move from table to table where each mentor will give a brief (~5 min) summary of what they do in the job and how they charted their career path. This will be followed by brief student-mentor Q&A. No formal presentations or charts will be needed. The idea is to keep it informal so the students get the most out of their brief encounters with each mentor. There will also be a chance for you to do some additional mentoring during lunch where they will have students and mentors seated together.
They are also planning a social mixer after the event with mentors and university representatives as a networking opportunity. Again, they are expecting over 300 high school students to attend the summit this year so they are encouraging all participants to register early to ensure a spot for this unique opportunity.
If this sounds interesting to you and you’d like to participate, please sign up on their website as soon as possible.