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EBMUD PROMOTES ENGINEERING CAREERS TO MINORITY STUDENTS

 EBMUD PROMOTES ENGINEERING CAREERS TO MINORITY STUDENTS
 OAKLAND, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- East Bay Municipal


Utility District is taking 29 students from eight urban high schools on a day-long tour of its Sierra facilities, as part of its effort to attract minority students to engineering and environmental careers.
 Tomorrow (April 17), the students will tour the Mokelumne River fish hatchery at the base of Camanche Dam, the dam and powerhouse at Pardee Reservoir -- the source of EBMUD's water supply -- and the OP/NET Access Center, which is one of the operating sites for computer-control of the water distribution system.
 EBMUD engineers, fish biologists and other technical experts will explain the roles and requirements of these facilities and their responsibilities for operating them.
 The students are from the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) programs at Castlemont, Oakland Technical, McClymonds, Fremont and Skyline high schools in Oakland; Richmond and Kennedy high schools in Richmond; and Berkeley High School. Five MESA counselors and teachers will accompany the students along with EBMUD staff.
 Seven of the students are EBMUD Career Interns, who work part time after school and full time during the summer in a variety of work assignments designed to introduce them to environmental and engineering careers and provide them with hands-on experience.
 EBMUD recruits applicants for the Career Intern Program from among junior and senior MESA students in the Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond school districts. MESA is coordinated by the University of California and encourages high-achieving African American, Hispanic and Native American students to pursue college educations and careers in math- based or science-based fields.
 EBMUD's Career Intern Program aims to provide career exposure to minority high school students and encourage them to pursue college educations in fields of engineering and environmental science. Each year, EBMUD selects two of the high school Career Interns to continue in the program as college students, who work as Engineering Aides during the summer and also receive tuition assistance. After college graduation, they will work for EBMUD for a minimum of one year.
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 /CONTACT: Ida McClendon of EBMUD, 510-287-0140 (work) or 510-849-3478 (home)/ CO: East Bay Municipal Utility District ST: California IN: SU:


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