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Area Middle School Boys Participate in G2-TECS at SCC to Explore Stem Opportunities

Somerset Community College (SCC) hosted a Guys Geared Up for Technology, Engineering, Computers and Science, called G2-TECS, on the SCC Somerset campus recently. Students from 14 area middle schools including Adair County, Casey County, Cumberland County, McCreary County, Meece, North Laurel, Northern, Rockcastle County, Russell County, Science Hill Independent, Somerset Christian, South Laurel, Southern Middle and Wayne County took part in the conference.

G2-TECSwas created as a way to encourage male 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-TECSprogram is designed to promote the National Science Foundations (NSF) program which promotes a larger and more diverse science and engineering workforce.

Each student participated in workshops that explored careers in Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medical Services, Physics/Engineering, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Tai Chi and Robotic Welding.

The 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing workshop was hosted by Eric Wooldridge, SCC associate professor. The Robotic Welding workshop was hosted by Karl Watson, SCC associate professor, and Scott Stringer, SCC instructional specialist. The Culinary Arts program was hosted by SCC Chefs Ed Nazario and Michael Wells, and their students. The Criminal Justice program was hosted by Brandi Copenhaver, SCC professor, and Teresa Hinkle, SCC instructor. The Physics and Engineering workshop was hosted by Debra House, SCC professor of Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Billie Dobbs, SCC associate professor of Physics and Kathy Lewis, SCC professor of Mathematics. The Respiratory Therapy workshop was hosted by Jason Asher, SCC associate professor and clinical coordinator, and Angie Mills, SCC assistant professor.The Emergency Medical Services was hosted by Tracey Franklin, SCC instructor and Samantha Feldman, SCC instructor and clinical coordinator, and the Tai Chi workshop was hosted by Physical Therapist Assistant Shawn Frazee.

Lunch was catered by SCC Culinary Arts students.

GEMSteam members, who helped plan the event, include: Cindy Byrd, Carol Calcaterra, Shanda Catron, Judy Covey, Tanya Cowan, Carrie Fitzpatrick, Debra House, Alesa Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Kathy Lewis, Ron Meade,Karen Plagge and Cecilia Ramilo.

Science Hill (above):

Students from Science Hill Independent School recently participated in the Guys Geared Up for Technology, Engineering, Computers and Science (G2-TECS), at Somerset Community College. G2-TECS was created as a way to encourage male students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above, from left: Ethan Acey, Austin Gretz, Dylan Jasper, Mohammad Afzal, Evan Cherry and Sean Simpson.