I had the unique opportunity to represent Coeur and the mining industry at Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy's third annual Career Fair. Coeur was invited to participate in the Career Fair by the event's sponsor, Exelon Corporation. Rowe-Clark, a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago, prepares students for college and purposeful citizenship by fostering ambitious scholarship, self-discipline, honorable character, and a fit lifestyle. From that description, you can imagine the talented students we met at the Career Fair.
Representatives from a wide range of industries were at the Career Fair to expose students to the work and career opportunities within their industry. Industries represented included energy, finance and accounting, digital media, law enforcement, non-profit and technology. Coeur was the only mining company represented. It was energizing to talk with these talented students about the mining industry and the environmental and safety aspects of how we approach our work. Having the ability to talk with students one-on-one gave us a chance to encourage them to take advantage of the many opportunities their school offered and be proactive about their college and career exploration, whether they were interested in mining or some other field of study.
What was most rewarding to me is that the students had so many excellent questions about mining, what it means to be a mining engineer and what a typical day is like in my job. They also appreciate the global nature of our industry. I enjoyed talking with them about my work and personal experiences. I brought along a model of our Rochester mine and small replicas of some of the equipment we use in our work to give them a better picture of the advanced technology and techniques used in mining today. Having grown up in an urban environment like Chicago, many students shared that their only exposure to mining was what they have seen on television. The Career Fair offered us a forum to dispel the "pick and shovel" image they may have had of mining from watching TV programs.
Participating in events like the Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy Career Fair is part of Coeur's corporate responsibility commitment to encourage math and science education and engage with the communities in which we live and work. What I like the most about this mission is that it gives us the chance to meet so many passionate and bright students and talk with them about their future. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than helping young people expand their knowledge base in order to discover the path that will help them achieve their potential. I am proud to work for a company that shares this commitment.