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Education and Training Committee
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Education and Training Directors: 

MAJ Robin Ernstrom, PE
CPT Cate Goldsmith

About the Education and Training Committee

The Washington DC Post Education and Training Committee organizes programs that promote engineering education and provides vehicles for appreciation of military engineering. In addition, the committee promotes scholarship programs to support students in engineering education, and assist in developing a strong engineering education system in colleges and universities.

Over the years, the Washington DC Post's Education committee has undertaken a number of community service initiatives that include the sponsorship of local high school students to attend the National SAME Construction Camps, held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Spring, CO. In addition, the Washington DC Post has sponsored a number of Young Members to attend the Construction Camps as Mentors to the students. This is a phenomenal learning experience for both the students and the mentors. The Washington DC Post looks forward to its continued support of this annual initiative.

The Washington DC Post has also participated in other educational initiatives in the area. Carol Mowder helped organize the 4 th Annual Science Fair at an Elementary School in Eldersburg, MD. She helped to develop guidelines for participation in the school's Science Fair and coordinated having various scientists visit each of the students to discuss their project. In addition, the Washington DC Post coordinated having students write letters to U.S Troops overseas fighting the war on terrorism. Approximately 250 students wrote letters to our troops overseas. The DC Post picked up the postage fees for the letters and made sure the letters got sent to the appropriate address. A number of individuals from the Washington DC Post also participated in sending care packages to troops overseas.

The Washington DC Post has an active program in mentoring high school and college students, and has even reached down to the elementary schools to discuss the importance and fun of science and engineering. As noted above, the Post is sponsoring an active scholarship program with local area universities and the Society and its mission are becoming well known to the relevant faculties of these institutions. These schools and universities request speakers from the Washington DC Post, our Sustaining Members provide excellent opportunities for internships, and our Post leaders and members participate on a regular basis by speaking at their schools and participating in career symposiums, science fairs, and continuing education opportunities. Washington DC Post members also frequently work with the local Boy/Cub Scout Packs and Girl Scout Troops to helps the youngsters earn their engineering badges. In addition, the Washington DC Post also promotes the engineering profession during the annual National Engineer's Week.