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Growth in Safety/Health Program Leads to New ASSE Student Chapter at Western Carolina University

Posted in on Tue, Mar 2, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (March 2, 2010) — As the demand for health and safety professionals continues to grow, many colleges and universities are helping meet the need by providing students with more comprehensive programs, as well as opportunities to participate in relevant student organizations. On Friday, January 15, 2010, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) chartered a new student section at Western Carolina University (WCU). Several representatives from ASSE Region VI (Southeast) and the Piedmont section were present to grant the charter. The Piedmont and Region VI ASSE members have been instrumental in integrating WCU students into professional development conferences, assisting them in finding internships and employment, as well as sponsoring student research and attendance at conferences.

During the chartering ceremony, the Piedmont Section donated $2,000 to the student section’s start-up fund. The funds will be allocated to assist students with attending future conferences, complete health and safety research, and to bring key technical speakers to WCU. In addition, the Piedmont section has provided three $1,000 scholarships to WCU ASSE student members. The first round of scholarships will be awarded at the Piedmont Professional Development Conference this March 18.

When asked how a student chapter of ASSE will help WCU students, Chris Caler, an environmental health safety student and vice president of the new WCU chapter said, “ASSE is one of the best organizations for representing the safety and health professionals that help keep our nation’s workers safe. By having a chapter here, the environmental health and safety program is strengthened, and in turn, students are more prepared upon graduation.”

Membership with ASSE provides students with critical global networking opportunities, free technical webinars and access to ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal, as well as opportunities to apply for scholarships and attend leadership training. Student membership is only $15 per year and benefits include a complimentary year of membership after graduation, a free practice specialty subscription during the first year after graduation, student rates for the annual ASSE professional development conference in June and complimentary access to all recorded webinars via the student online access portal. For more information on student membership, please contact

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members 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 please go to For more information about the Piedmont and Region VI chapters, please go to and

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