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A bright local, national and international employment market and projections for strong job growth over the next decade have brought Jamestown Community College faculty members and area engineers together to promote the engineering profession.

Both partners see the collaboration as a positive step for the community.

A team of nine engineers from area industries has begun visiting mathematics classes in high schools throughout Chautauqua County and neighboring communities.

By the end of February, the team will have addressed over 500 students in 23 presentations at nine area schools, including Cassadaga Valley High School, Forestville High School, Fredonia High School, Frewsburg High School, Panama High School Randolph High School and Southwestern High School. Northeast High School and Warren Area High School, both in Pennsylvania, were also visited.

The topics discussed in the presentations include educational preparation, job outlook, opportunities for women in engineering, types of duties performed by engineers and salary expections.

Marie Plumb, professor of physics said, "This is an excellent time to begin careers in engineering, and JCC's associate degree in engineering science provides an affordable path to those careers."

The funding for the visits, which will continue in March and April, was provided through a strategic initiative grant, which allows the college to reinforce the classroom presentations with a series of advertisements and billboards.

Also JCC will observe National Engineering Month with an Engineering Day event on Thursday that will allow students from nearly a dozen area high schools to collaborate as engineering teams to solve problems.

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