July 08, 2014
On July 8, the Irvine, CA office hosted an Industry Tour for high school students from the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies (AISS) program.
The mission at AISS is to help economically disadvantaged high school students gain a university education in the careers of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). There were over 25 students in attendance, all going into their senior year of high school at Century, Godinez, Saddleback, Santa Ana, Segerstrom, Valley, Villa Park, St. Paul, Cordelia , and Los Amigos high schools. The students in attendance had an impressive average GPA of 4.2 and most will be first generation college students.
Andrew Sidor, Adriana Griffith, Josue Vaglienty and Lisa Tran presented to the group of students. Andrew started with an overview of different engineering fields and briefly went over what each entailed. Adriana showed the students how her love for science, math and problem solving led her to a career that she loves in Land Development. Josue highlighted some exciting projects relating to transportation and structures. All of the presenters also shared their educational backgrounds and provided the students with valuable advice during the open Q & A session. Lisa wrapped up the presentations by getting the students thinking about internships, networking, resumes, looking for a mentor and finding a career they will love. The event ended with a tour of the Irvine office.
Thank you note from an AISS student:
Thank you very much for the warm welcome the AISS class of 2015 received on July 8th at Michael Baker International. The entire trip was extraordinary; many of us were already very impressed with the waiting room and it was obvious we were in a very professional setting. Everything was perfect and carefully organized, from every chair in the conference room to the agendas on each place mat. The food was extraordinary. [Michael] Baker is an excellent firm and a beautiful place to work. From the panel of engineers to the tour of the building, I became aware of how important it was for the engineers to speak and motivate students to pursue an engineering degree and work in an accredited firm such as [Michael] Baker. We also appreciated the information regarding job fairs at colleges and what would make us competitive applicants. Again, thank you for taking the time to schedule a day for AISS at [Michael] Baker and know that all of us appreciated and deeply enjoyed the visit.