Granite State ASSE Chapter To Help Students Get Hands On Job Experience
Des Plaines, IL (October 7, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Granite State Chapter has stepped up its efforts to not only increase awareness of workplace safety in New Hampshire communities and businesses, but to also develop a new program aimed at pairing ASSE Keene State College section students with businesses.
The ASSE Keene State College student section is one of the most active of the ASSE student sections in the U.S. Several of the current chapter leaders are also graduates of the Keene State Safety Studies program and work in a variety of industries in the area of occupational safety, health and environmental throughout the state.
“With the start of the school year we look forward to again meeting with our student section, mainly students from Keene State College, to share ideas and get a dialog going. We did just that this week,” Chuck Badeau, CSP,
manager of loss prevention for Peerless Insurance™, of Keene, said today. “Even though it was a heavy exam week for them, about 25 students from the college along with both executive boards were on hand to talk about the field of safety, careers, and how we can better help them prepare for the job market.
“A couple of the items discussed included mentoring and job shadowing programs,” Badeau said. “The students were interested in both with a particular interest in job shadowing since the field of safety is so vast. It’s one thing to hear about careers in certain fields, but another to actually live it for a few hours. This will go a long way in helping them decide on a career path.”
Badeau said they left the meeting with a commitment to look into both areas and are seeking help in trying to fill that void for the students from chapter members. The chapter is now in the process of signing up volunteers to provide mentoring and job shadowing at work. This provides the students with an opportunity to see firsthand what occupational safety, health and environmental professionals do on the job.
“We are very excited about this. The students and our members are committed to the field of protecting people, property and the environment, and one of the best ways to serve both the students and businesses is to provide them with a hands-on look at day to day operations,” Badeau said. “It’s also a two way street. The students will also be sharing their own expertise, information, they are learning today with those ASSE members they will shadow.”
Badeau says they hope to have the program up and running by the end of the year. Currently, the ASSE chapter is looking at opportunities for the program in southern New Hampshire in all industries including manufacturing, insurance, construction, and more.
“This program fits in nicely as a predecessor to our mentorship program so that a student can see what interests him/her early on, and then seek a mentor who is in that profession,” Badeau said.
The Granite State ASSE student section, founded in 1981 at first as part of the Boston Chapter, officers are President Brendon McCarthy; Vice President Aaron Eames; Treasurer Travis Brenner; Public Relations Committee members Katherine Burke, Matt Zall and Brad Agostino; and, Secretary Joe Pasqual.
The Granite State ASSE Chapter also develops and promotes educational programs locally; disseminates information and materials that serve the purpose of the chapter and public in an effort to enhance work safety; facilitates networking opportunities for members; and, conducts other activities that reflect the standards, purposes and objectives of ASSE, which will be celebrating a major milestone in 2011, its 100th birthday. The chapter also offers several programs on a variety of topics including programs on “Interface between public health and occupational health” this November 9; “Employee orientation and temporary workers” December 14; “Controlling workers’ compensation costs” January 11; and, “Fleet safety” on February 15.
In addition to ASSE Granite State Chapter president Badeau, the other chapter officers include President-Elect Adam Levesque; Secretary Rod Nadeau; Immediate Past President Elliot L. Alexander; Past-Presidents Katie Jordan and Melissa B. Bowler, CHWC; New England Area Professional Development Conference (PDC) Chair, Awards and Honors Chair and Nominating Committee Member and Past President Eric J. Clouthier; Member Services Chair Lara C. Cole, MS; Government Affairs Liaison Tim Bergeron; Newsletter Editor Pamela Bealo, CSP; ASSE House of Delegates Chapter Representative Bruce A. Briand; and, Area Director for the Region VIII New England Area Thomas J. Nolan III, P.E., CSP.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society and has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide who lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information on the Granite State Chapter efforts and student opportunities please go to http://granitestate.asse.org/about.php or to www.asse.org.