One of the highlights of the event is the STEM Scholarship Competition for High School students, which will take place on Tuesday, October 2. Teams of five students and a faculty advisor from local high schools will put their STEM skills to the test to “Escape the Island” in this hands-on challenge. The 1st place team will receive a $2,000 scholarship for each student team member and $1,000 for the faculty coach. 2nd and 3rd places will receive $1,000/$750 and $500/$500, respectively. Registrations are now being accepted and are due by midnight on September 12. Competition space is limited. Teams can register at http://connect-tricities.com/schools.
In addition to the STEM Scholarship Competition, Connect Tri-Cities will feature an all-day job fair on Wednesday, October 3. A wide range of community employers, including Hanford contractors and national laboratories will be present, along with representatives from organized labor, careers in manufacturing and more. On-site resume review and interview preparation will also be available.
Connect Tri-Cities will also include breakout sessions for veteran and labor job connections, featuring Veterans in Piping™ and local labor unions. A Veterans’ breakfast, featuring keynote speaker Edward DeJesus, is anticipated to be a popular part of the event, and is open to all veterans. A diversity & inclusion panel discussion is also scheduled, featuring Edward DeJesus; Major (retired) Scott Smiley; Dr. Sandra Haynes, Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities; Dr. Rebekah Woods, President of Columbia Basin College; and Semi Bird, Executive Director of Team Concepts Training Services.
More information and a detailed schedule can be found at connect-tricities.com or through our media contact. Connect Tri-Cities is a unique community event championed by TRIDEC and sponsored by Hanford contractor Mission Support Alliance and their corporate partners Leidos and Centerra Group.