April 22, 2005

Southwestern College Looking for Women to Protect the Environment

Chula Vista — Southwestern College (SWC) student Lorena Yescas is so concerned about protecting the environment, she is doing something few women do: pursuing a career in environmental technology.

“I am very interested in the environment, specifically pollution prevention,” said Yescas, who enrolled in the Environmental Technology Program at Southwestern College after hearing about it from her sister, Marisa Yescas, who completed the program and now works for a local safety supply company.

“I want to do my part to ensure the world is a better place for my son when he gets older. The program has been everything I expected,” said Yescas, adding that she has a couple classes to complete and ultimately would like to work for the Wastewater Division of San Diego County or the City of San Diego.

Although environmental technology is a growing field and offers good paying jobs, it continues to be a “hidden job market” that is primarily dominated by men.

“It’s a very attractive field and more people need to be aware about it, especially women” said Marie Vicario, Environmental Technology professor at SWC. “The field offers good paying jobs.”

Vicario is hoping to drive the above message home during the First Regional Environmental Symposium, taking place at Southwestern College’s Student Union East* on Thursday, April 28, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

During the free event, which is sponsored by SWC’s Center for Technical Education and Career Success (CTECS) and the Environmental Technology Program, participants will have the opportunity to:

• Learn about educational opportunities, local environmental activities, and environmental careers;

• Hear experts on environmental compliance, safety in the workplace, and pollution prevention; and

• Participate in workshops on Women in Environmental Careers, Pollution Prevention in the Automotive Industry, and other related topics.

For additional information on the Environmental Symposium, contact CTECS at (619) 421-6700 ext. 5805.

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