Mortenson Exposes Youth to AEC Industry Opportunities

Mortenson is committed to exposing our youth to AEC careers by playing an active role in volunteer and mentorship opportunities like Girl Day and TechTerns.

Five team members from Mortenson’s Milwaukee office joined Prism Technical and Milwaukee Public School students for Girl Day. The event offers middle school girls the chance to explore activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) alongside engineers and scientists from the community.

Roberta Oldenburg, Mel Langlais, Bridget Slack, Angie Helfert, and Kara Gorham assisted three groups of 40 girls throughout the day at their activity station where participants learned about structures and design by building bridges out of pasta. The girls were able to use their problem-solving skills and explore what areas of STEM they are interested in. This was the fourth year Prism Technical hosted Girl Day with Milwaukee Public School students.

In late February, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Raymond Allen visited Bradley Tech High School to learn more about the school’s Career & Technical Education programs. One of the programs showcased was the TechTerns program currently underway at our Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Integrated Procedural Platform project. Two of our new TechTerns shared with Secretary Allen why they chose to participate in the program and what they learned during their first visit to the site.  They were excited about the hands-on activities and the opportunities for career exploration.  Bridget Slack joined the TechTerns on behalf of the professional team to share our commitment to engage students in the design and construction process and expose them to the wide variety of careers in multiple industries.