By Kerry Schmid
Another AIHce has come and gone! Thousands of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health professionals from around the world flocked to Salt Lake City, UT to engage in roundtables, podium sessions, workshops and networking events. The Students and Early Career Professional Committee (SECP) and the Mentoring and Professional Development Committee (MPDC) participated this year by organizing series roundtables on topics surrounding CIH preparation, mentoring, career advice and professional opportunities. The lunch table talks encouraged breakout dialog between students and SECP members on variety of topical issues. The ABIH partnered with the MPDC to Sponsor the Mentoring Networking Event which has become a highly attended must attend event for all students and professionals interested in participating in the program.
Every conference offers the opportunity for committees and colleagues to meet face to face, discuss the current and potential projects for the coming year. Checking in with the Andrew Brugie, the SECP Outreach group leader, he had this update to share about the exciting work his team is doing:
“Most recently, I conducted a ten-week project in Industrial Hygiene for a program called Citizen Schools which targets Middle Schools in underserved communities and pairs them with professionals from various disciplines to actively engage these student in mini apprenticeships after school that teach them a skill set that can then be demonstrated in front of an audience mixed with peers, parents, and professionals called a “WOW!” Session. The chosen professionals work closely with a series of staff members and teachers from the Citizen Schools program that conduct weekly briefing sessions on teaching tips and techniques following each class apprenticeship session (Apprenticeship + Briefing ~2 hours total).”
The SECP Communications Team will also continue with the quarterly publication covering updates and topics relevant to SECP and MPDC Community. This year look for a new theme each issue, as well as our reoccurring favorites such as the Mentoring Corner. Can’t wait for the next newsletter? Stay connected with us and the SECP and MDPC communities on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn! @AIHA_Mentor @AIHA_SECP
Welcome to the New SECP Leadership!
Christine Hoehn – Past Chair
Ryan Moon – Chair
Melissa Rupert – Vice Chair
William Cyrs – Secretary