PRESCOTT, AZ – Students participating in internship programs report a 53% direct job placement rate, while 90% of students participating in applied learning projects report working within their respective fields of study; however, many underserved students do not have the resources available to broaden their knowledge base outside of the classroom. G.E.M. Environmental, a scientific nonprofit headquartered in Prescott, is working to help low-income, minority, first generation, and female science students to develop relationships with industry professionals, while providing unique opportunities for integrated learning and community engagement. Now, their scope of work has expanded into a partnership with Yavapai College and Prescott College.
G.E.M. Environmental works with government agencies to conserve public lands through data collection, environmental monitoring, and remediation. Starting in spring 2019, a field experience program will be offered to select science classes at Yavapai College and Prescott College.
The field experience will consist of environmental stewardship training in Arizona and New Mexico, where students will work side-by-side with professional scientists, including Federal and State agencies. Their work will range from GIS and data processing applications, GPS positioning, surveying, to maintenance checks to ensure safe access to public lands for wildlife and recreational visitors. In addition, a range of guest scientists will present their research, findings, and field work insights to these classrooms.
"Our blended learning strategy aims to create an environment where students can take the knowledge they have acquired in school and apply it to the practical applications used by many leading Geo-science companies before they graduate,” noted Eric Welsh, Executive Director and Geologic Consultant. “This experience will allow participants to create a competitive resume when they are ready to find gainful post-graduation employment.”
Through this field experience, a wide range of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students from all backgrounds will be exposed to specialized field training, thereby increasing their chances of transitioning into industry careers.
In addition to their field experience program, G.E.M. Environmental sponsors a variety of public programs– including community clean-ups, quarterly scholarships, paid internships, and more.
For more information, visit www.gemenvironmental.org
Eric Welsh, G.E.M. Environmental President
Amie Winters, G.E.M. Environmental Public Outreach Coordinator