An effort is underway to get minority students interested in engineering.
Springfield, Sangamon County and Hanson Professional Services are collaborating to launch the “Minority Participation Plan,” which provides paid internship and networking to minority students from middle school to college age.
Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter says the program comes at a good time, there will be plenty of engineering opportuinities in the near future.
“When we began the effort to consolidate rail on 10th street, we said that all corners of our community would benefit from this consolidation,” said Van Meter. “This is a small initial step toward keeping that promise.”
Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson says minorities are underrepresented in engineering.
“Not enough minority students think in terms of engineering as career options,” said Simpson. “It’s not an area that’s familiar to them.
The program takes effect immediately, and a workshop will be held in the near future to determine who would be good candidates for the program.