Worcester County Government ♦ Phone (410) 632-1194 ♦ Fax (410)632-3131
   TO: Local Media
   FROM: Worcester County Commissioners
   DATE: March 10, 2014
   FOR RELEASE: Immediately
   TOPIC: Worcester County Economic Development Accepting
          Applications for STEM Summer Programs
   CONTACT: Kim Moses, public information officer, (410) 632-1194

Worcester County Economic Development Accepting Applications for STEM Summer Programs

Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) is now accepting applications for the 2014 STEP UP and Reach for the Stars summer programs. These programs provide exceptional opportunities to Worcester County youth to explore unique career paths. Applications are available online at and are due no later than March 31. “The purpose of both the camp and internship program is to engage local students in the science, technology,engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines,” WCED Director Bill Badger said. “And it provides a two-fold benefit by giving young people a platform to learn from professionals and entrepreneurs in their own communities and by offering employers the opportunity to home grow their future workforce.

The Reach for the Stars STEM Camp is an eight-day, digital, technology and aerospace engineering summer camp taught by a NASA engineer, an IT professional and a team of qualified educators and counselors. Offered at The Red Doors Community Center on 3rd Street in Ocean City, it is open to students enrolled in grades 6-9 in the 2013/2014 school year. There is no cost to participate in the camp, and transportation, meals, and snacks are provided. Space is limited to 20 students. Camp runs July21-24 and July 28-31.

The STEP UP Internship Program provides high school and college students with opportunities to gain hands-on work experience in STEM related career fields. 2014 interns will be given opportunities to work in healthcare settings, IT companies, engineering firms, environmental science agencies and digital media production companies. Students’ skills and interests will be matched with the needs of the employers, so they are able to apply their classroom studies to real life tasks. Interns in the 2013 program exercised their new skills at State Ventures, LLC/, Habitat for Humanity, D3 Corp, Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Atlantic General Hospital, Martin Physical Therapy, Bel-Art and TR Group.

Interns will participate in professional development sessions while on the job that teach communication, time management and career skills. Interns earn $10/hour and work 20 hours a week from June 23 to August 1.

The application process for the camp and internship program is competitive. For more information about the Step Up and Reach for the Stars Program, call Fawn Mete at 410-289-557 or visit