Local Organizations Lead Way to Environmental Careers

Byline: Laura B. Hans

Posted: October 19, 2010

On Thurs, Oct. 14, the Career Development Center and Environmental Studies Department hosted Environmental Career Day in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology. The event provided networking opportunities with community partners for both Wilson students and Chambersburg residents.

The goal was to connect interested parties with potential careers and necessary academic preparation. Director of Career Development and coordinator of the event, Angela Lynch, says, "I hope people gain increased knowledge, learn about the careers associated with the environmental majors, and connect with resources."

Local "Green" Participants

IESI Landfill is the Chambersburg's solid waste management company. District Manager of IESI Landfill, Ken Murdock introduced components of the trash industry, the logistics and maintenance of landfills, various career pathways, interviewing tips, and the employment outlook.

The Franklin County Planning Commission guides Franklin County's land use, economic progress, and development patterns. Planner for the Franklin County Planning Commission, Rochell Borvinchack talked about community planning and development, the spectrum of positions within her company, the local community's planning data, necessary coursework for the field, internship opportunities, career trainings, and current job prospects.

The Future of New Technologies

EarthNet Energy is a local manufacturer of solar thermal collectors. Solar thermal collectors provide hot water for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural markets. EarthNet Energy President, Brad McNew says "I wanted to give a general overview of career opportunities in alternative energy as it is the way of the future." McNew explained new technologies in alternative energy including wind, solar, hydro, and solar-thermal energies. He discussed the challenges of working with customers and their needs, as well as the politics and regulations placed on alternative energy development manufacturers. He points out the ability to create your own occasions for environmental based careers. In response to McNew's presentation, Louis Colingwood '12 says, "I am inspired by the possibilities and many opportunities of so many different career paths."

How to Get Involved

If you missed the event and are still seeking environmental career opportunities, contact Prof. Ed Wells at 717-264-4141 x3413 or Angela Lynch at x3314. Or, be sure to attend the Career Development Center's workshop "Career Exploration: What's Out There for Me?" On Wed, Oct. 27 from 12:30pm-1:15pm in Warfield 111. Lynch is presenting.

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