In the latest episode of This AmeriCorps Life, Sarah Haber sits down with Eric Welsh and Giovanni Hernandez of G.E.M. Environmental (a community partner of Arizona Serve) to discuss our geological field work opportunities.
G.E.M. Environmental is pleased to announce that Dawson Compliance is our latest Gold Sponsor! Their gracious support allows us to provide hands-on educational programs and scholarships to underserved students. Visit respclearance.com to learn more about Dawson Compliance.
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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. We are 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. Our scope of work has recently expanded into a partnership with Yavapai College and Prescott College.
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.
Through this field experience, a wide range of STEM students from all backgrounds will be exposed to specialized field training, thereby increasing their chances of transitioning into industry careers.
For more information, click here.
G.E.M. Environmental's Executive Director, Eric Welsh, will be interviewed by Robert Milligan and Robert Coombs during the "Talk of the Town - Prescott Chamber of Commerce" today at 4:00 PM on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM.
Tune in to learn more about who we are and what we do. Listen live here: www.kqna.com/
G.E.M. Environmental is excited to announce our new partnership with ArizonaServe, an organization harnessing the power of Americorps interns to "connect passionate people with transformative community projects to fight poverty." Thanks to AZ Serve, we are pleased to welcome our new Yavapai College Campus Liaison, Giovanni Hernandez!
Giovanni is currently developing the STEM Success Club at Yavapai College, a group for students to participate in STEM focused field experiences, discussions with scientific professionals and no cost mentorship opportunities to streamline their transition from student to industry professional. Below, Giovanni shares his personal story:
About Me And My Work
I was born in Mexico, but before I had turned two, my family immigrated to Arizona. In Arizona, my father began working in one of the flagstone quarries near Drake, so at a young age I was introduced to the process of mining and the identification of flagstone. I even ended up working at the same quarry at one point. As far as I can remember Coconino sandstone has been a part of my life, and I think this is what really set the foundations for my interest in geology and STEM overall.
My interests extend beyond geology, one of my current passions is in creating fine art, and I have found that STEM and art go well together not only in the fabrication but in the concept of the pieces I create. Using the Fibonacci sequence to create beautiful logarithmic spirals is something that is evident even the works of the Renaissance masters. I try to emulate this in my art because it fulfills both my passion in the fine arts as well as in STEM. I also enjoy rock climbing, I find that it stimulates my desire to further improve myself and aim for greater heights.
I am grateful for the opportunity that G.E.M. has given me. Last year I took a position as an assistant field researcher at the National Bison Range. Even though it wasn’t in my area of study, the position gave me valuable experience in working in the field with a team. The exciting part is that with G.E.M., not only will I be able to gain experience in geology; I will also be helping others do the same. I look forward to my internship with G.E.M.
You can learn more about Giovanni by clicking HERE.
To learn more about G.E.M. Environmental's programs, including internships, visit our Programs Page.
If you're interested in joining the STEM Success Club at Yavapai College, the first meeting will be held Friday, November 9 at 12.
We are excited to announce that we now have a geologic and mineral collection display at Yavapai College located in the science building (#4)!
Special thanks to Dr. Beth Boyd for allowing us to share these rockin' specimens and assisting with the installation.
If you have a chance to stop by, let us know which specimen is your favorite.
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