FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2015
Contact: Darrel Berry, Marketing Communications Manager
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Engineering Inc. magazine features Springfield, Ill.’s Grow Our Own Minority Participation Program
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The May/June issue of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Engineering Inc. magazine features Springfield, Ill.’s Grow Our Own Minority Participation Program. The article, “Putting Young Minority Achievers on an Engineering Track,” focuses on how Grow Our Own encourages minority students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Implemented in 2013 by Hanson Professional Services Inc., the city of Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois, the program’s goal is to foster interest in careers involving STEM by providing mentoring, education and job training opportunities. As the program’s manager, Hanson works with minority-based organizations, businesses, colleges and universities, the Illinois Department of Transportation and others to encourage students to participate in hands-on learning experiences, workshops, field trips and paid internships.
“Our objective is to identify as many opportunities as possible so that minority students can get excited about STEM and determine if it is a path they want to pursue for a future career. This program focuses on developing creative and challenging opportunities to encourage a motivated, talented pool of young people to work and build their careers in our community,” said Sergio “Satch” Pecori, P.E., Hanson’s president and CEO.
ACEC is a professional organization of 51 state and regional councils with members from more than 5,000 engineering firms across the U.S. Engineering Inc. promotes the advocacy and business interests of ACEC by offering news, legislative analysis and business practice information to member firms, clients, opinion leaders and policy makers.
To read the article, click here.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703. The office may be reached by phone at (217) 788-2450.