Supporting local community STEM program

Christina Neville-Neil, the Capital and Facilities Project Manager for Highline College, reached out to MacDonald-Miller asking if we could support their Expanding Horizons Conference focused on encouraging 7th & 8th grade girls to to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related careers. By exposing STEM related topics to young women, who would not otherwise have access to them, EHC hopes to inspire future education, training, and careers.

Not only did this present an opportunity to support one of our long term customers for BPG ESCO projects, it sounded like an excellent vehicle to highlight some of the great things STEM can bring into a career path. I pitched the idea to Nichole Martin, MacDonald-Miller’s Marketing Manager, and she jumped all over it!

She recruited Tricia Drake (Engineer), Marie Gruel (Construction Special Projects Account Executive), Amy Johnson (Senior Project Manager) – and together the team of awesome MacMillians created an interactive session for the seminar engaging the audience of budding professionals in a hands on Engineering exercise in water flow!

Tricia and Marie both put together creative hands-on workshop activities. Tricia developed a mechanical design drawing of a school for the girls to highlight where plumbing needed to go and Marie spearheaded the water cup meme challenge for the girls to learn about water flow. Extra special shout-out for taking an active role in encouraging women to pursue STEM related careers and cultivating diversity in our industry! – John Van Hersett, Building Performance Project Manager

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