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A call to action for Baltimore’s STEM professionals: Support your successors

In late March, Baltimore’s school district will host a technical education event focused on helping its seniors make connections in the city’s science and tech workforce. Here’s what you need to know.

Motor House, on North Ave., in 2018. (Photo by Flickr user Baltimore Heritage, used via a Creative Commons license)

In the rapidly advancing world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), developing the next generation of leaders is critical for continued progress and innovation.

Therefore, the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) is organizing an event to help high school seniors learn valuable networking skills in STEM fields and other career and technical education (CTE) pathways. This event, the BCPSS CTE Networking Event, will be held on Wednesday, March 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Motor House (120 W. North Ave).

The event is being organized by the Baltimore City Engineering Alliance and the school district’s CTE office. It aims to connect students with companies and individuals who can provide them with opportunities to network and conduct interviews. It’s part of an effort to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen fields.

John Bachman, an engineering educator at Western High School, told via email that interested individuals and companies are invited to participate by meeting with students and offering guidance on networking techniques relevant to their respective fields. According to Bachman, curating a networking event is crucial for students as it connects them with professionals who use the design process and shows them the viability of a career in this field.

He added that it creates opportunities for students in a big city like Baltimore. In the classrooms, John teaches five Project Lead the Way engineering courses that cover mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, as well as 3D design. He is also working on creating job shadowing opportunities for his senior students to help them make informed decisions about their futures.

To support this event, interested parties can contact Bachman or fellow STEM educator David Cantor of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (Mervo).

Email David Cantor

Email John Bachman

Companies: Baltimore City Public Schools

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