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MS2 2019 Career Fair

MS2 2019 Career Fair

For the seventh year in a row Cooperstown Environmental attended the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS2) career fair held at Phillips Academy. MS2 has been bringing students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to Andover since 1977 to spend their summers not only studying math and science, but also developing aspirations for their futures. This competitive and demanding program is free of charge for all students selected.

Eric Andrews talking with students at MS2

The group from Cooperstown Environmental included Project Engineer Eric Andrews and Environmental Technician Eric Gulbicki. Cooperstown spoke with students about the opportunities available to them in the field of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, and Geology. Students were particularly interested in the kinds of classes they should take and what majors to pursue if they wanted to enter the environmental field. Several students had questions about environmental concerns they face in their own communities, such as drinking water well contamination, and we were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss how to use their education to make a difference in their local communities.

We discussed different job sites Cooperstown has worked on and used several field instruments to illustrate how tests in the field are performed. Students were able to see how to use a photo ionization detector (PID) to test soil, soil gas, and indoor air, a Geotech peristaltic pump for sampling groundwater, and an In-Situ smarTROLL to test groundwater parameters. All of the equipment was generously donated by Palms Environmental of Wilmington, MA. Cooperstown also brought personal protective equipment (PPE) including Tyvek suits, safety goggles, and hard hats for students to try on.

Students at the MS2 career fair trying on personal protective equipment (PPE) and using a a photo ionization detector (PID).

For those students who expressed interest in pursuing a degree in the environmental field, Cooperstown promoted the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) which is the key environmental professional association in Massachusetts. Cooperstown Environmental looks forward to continued collaboration with the LSP Association, and opportunities to promote the personal growth and learning of youth interested in the environment through the Phillips Academy MS² career fair.

Cooperstown Environmental LLC is an environmental engineering consulting firm based in Andover, Massachusetts that provides high-quality, practical, and cost-effective engineering and environmental consulting services to businesses, property owners, institutions, government agencies, and the legal community. We also are an acknowledged authority on the Brownfields Tax Credit program. The program began in 1998 as part of an effort to encourage and provide an incentive for the cleanup of contaminated sites, sometimes known as Brownfield sites, by allowing environmental costs to be recovered.

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