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  • National Forest internships another step in connecting youth to STEM-related careers

    Feb 28, 2018 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Youth Career Connect project is providing 12 Sunnyside Unified School District students a chance to restore some of the natural beauty of the Coronado National Forest as part of a unique partnership that kicks off Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Park Fiesta Area, 3700 S. Mission Road. 

    The event, “It’s All Yours Family Day,” includes outdoor interactive activities for families and children, guided nature walks, door prizes and more. Free and open to the public, the event includes remarks by Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Speakers are scheduled to give remarks at 1 p.m. 
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    The conservation internships are part of a partnership with the National Forest Foundation, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona Conservation Corps and Pima County Joint Technical Education District (JTED) and Pima Youth Career Connect project. 

    Students will work for five days (March 20-24) in tandem on priority restoration projects on the Coronado National Forest. The goal is for students to learn about public lands, conservation issues, natural resource careers and living more sustainably on the planet. The opportunity will be offered again during fall 2018 school break.

    The student interns are in the bioscience program at Sunnyside High School, which is part of a larger effort to train students for science, technology, engineering and math careers. The program got its start when employers in the growing fields of biotechnology, aviation, health information technology and industrial technology said they needed more well-trained employees. That’s when Pima County’s One-Stop Career Center/Arizona@Work reached out to area partners to develop comprehensive curriculum and training programs to fill that STEM pipeline. 

    The One-Stop administers the programs for more than 920 high school students across Southern Arizona. Many of the students have since moved on to coursework at Pima Community College as part of a $5.4 million Youth Career Connect program supported by the U.S. Department of Labor through June 2018. Other partners are the Tucson Unified School District and nonprofit partner, Tucson Youth Development. Pima County is the grant awardee on behalf of Innovation Frontier Arizona, which also includes Santa Cruz, Cochise and Yuma counties.