Redstone Report: Engineers mentor in more than math and science
It's not your typical classroom, but it's lesson all the same and it could lead to a job. The US Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville has teamed up with Madison County schools to mentor students, who could one day, become employees.
John Mayes, the Chief of Contracting for the Corps, says, "As the workforce ages in the federal government, we are finding we are not preparing our younger workforce to come into the environment, both private and government sector, with the skills they really need."
When you typically think of working for the Army Corps of Engineers, you might believe an interest in math and science is necessary, but the Corps is actually focusing on kids with an interest in business. The students we talked with are members of Buckhorn High School's Future Business Leaders of America program. Mayes emphasizes how important other fields are by saying, "We can want to engineer everything, but without a contracting officer, a business advisor if you will, it's impossible to pull that off within the federal government."
From resume writing to interview skills, these mentors say they will be on hand to provide career advice to student. It's a relationship that could potentially pay off for both student and mentor, with Director of Resource Management, Daniel Heinzelman, saying, "It gives us an opportunity to see their work ethic and how they progress and potential opportunity for full-time employment beyond that." Right now this mentoring program is offered to Madison County student, but the corps hopes to soon expand their business mentoring program to include Huntsville City schools as well.