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Published February 20, 2023
Union, a leading telecommunications provider in the Rocky Mountain region, is a proud supporter of the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Physical Sciences’ celebration of National Engineers Week Feb. 19-25.
The observance partners professional engineers with educators to teach Wyoming elementary-age children about the engineering profession. This new commitment brings Union’s lifetime support to the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences close to $100,000.
“Union is proud to have sponsored this program for the past five years,” says Tressa Barnes, Union marketing director. “Union believes in supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs and understands how impactful these programs are to educate children on the possibilities of engineering. As a Wyoming company, we continue to support educational programs across the state whenever possible.”
Since 2015, the college, the Wyoming Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, the Wyoming Engineering Society and DiscoverE have collaborated on a program that brings professional and college-level engineers into third grade classrooms. The program raises awareness about the field of engineering, and Wyoming students are treated to hands-on engineering activities.
The goal is to inspire problem-solving and innovative thinking among students and encourage participation in STEM. The theme of this year’s National Engineers Week celebration is “Creating the Future.”
“This program would not be possible without Union’s generosity and the time given by so many of Wyoming’s professional engineers,” says Cindy Jones, the college’s K-12 engineering outreach program manager. “It is a fantastic opportunity for Wyoming’s young learners to interact with and learn from professionals in the field.”
During National Engineers Week, 3,879 of Wyoming’s 6,827 third graders -- about 57 percent -- are participating in various activities led by professional engineers and college-level engineers.
“Union is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that has been consistently generous to this college,” says Cameron Wright, the Carrell Family Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. “I’m so impressed by their unwavering support over the decades. We are deeply grateful for Union’s sponsorship of the college’s activities for National Engineers Week.”
Communities in Wyoming with third graders scheduled to participate in National Engineers Week activities are: Baggs, Bar Nunn, Big Piney, Buffalo, Burlington, Carpenter, Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Douglas, Fort Bridger, Gillette, Green River, Kaycee, LaBarge, Lander, Laramie, Lyman, Meeteetse, Pavillion, Pinedale, Powell, Ranchester, Rawlins, Riverton, Rock Springs, Saratoga, Sheridan, Shoshoni, Sundance, Ten Sleep, Thermopolis and Worland.
Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951 -- and carried on by DiscoverE, an organization that supports engineers and STEM -- National Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
For more information about National Engineers Week, visit www.discovere.org.
To learn more about the UW College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, visit www.uwyo.edu/ceas/.