Step Up & Reach for the Stars STEM Summer Program Students Recognized
Worcester County Economic Development and several elected officials were present at the Performing Arts Center in Ocean City on July 28th to recognize 58 Worcester County students who took part in the Step Up and Reach for the Stars STEM summer program. Students participating in the program did so through a summer camp, leadership development cohort or an internship opportunity with local businesses. Sincere thanks go out to area businesses that provided STEM internship opportunities to our students: OceanCity.com; Studio Codeworks; Hardwire LLC; Full City Media; Maryland Coastal Bays; Atlantic General Hospital Emergency Room, Radiology, Neurology and Townsend Medical Center; and West Ocean City Injury and Illness Center.
“This program offers our youth an invaluable opportunity to connect with local businesses as their future workforce. Employers are given this time to recognize and groom local talent and, students receive hands-on experience within organizations they wouldn’t have access to otherwise” stated Merry Mears, Director of Worcester County Economic Development.
Governor Larry Hogan commended the students in a personal letter during the ceremony.
“Maryland is home to the best medical facilities in the country, a quickly growing biotech industry, the NSA in Fort Meade, and other highly skilled federal jobs tied to our close proximity to Washington, D.C.,” Governor Hogan said. “Your completion of this summer program…sets you on a path to achieve success both now and in the future.”
“The STEM summer programs are a true continuum, meaning that we are reaching students at three distinct stages of their academic lives to provide a series of experiences that build on one another, first as middle school students exploring their interests, high school students emerging as leaders and finally university students preparing to enter the workforce,” Program Facilitator Fawn Mete said.
Ribbon Cutting at Chesapeake Martial Arts Studio
On Saturday, August 20th, Chesapeake Martial Arts owners, Jim and Kim Heaney, held a very well attended ribbon cutting while welcoming the crowd to their new location in Ocean Pines. The Heaney’s have officially doubled their workforce, and the 12,000 square foot Pines Plaza address will allow them to expand program offerings. The larger location will feature a dedicated wrestling room, and it will be the headquarters for Berlin High School’s wrestling team.