NASA personnel recruiting at Laurel Ridge on Sept. 20 for internships and other opportunities

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NASA_Langley Research Center

~ Press release provided by Laurel Ridge Community College

Ever thought working at NASA would be cool? Maybe you think NASA only hires astronauts and engineers. Join us as we welcome NASA personnel to the Carl and Emily Thompson Conference Center in the Community Development Center on our Middletown Campus — and virtually to our Fauquier Campus — to learn more on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Karen Miller is a human resources specialist who serves as an apprentice program manager and pathways internship program coordinator.

“We take all fields, all disciplines,” she said.

That includes students studying accounting, art, automotive, computer and IT, engineering, human resources, marketing, finance, general education, robotics, technology, physical sciences and more. Opportunities that will be showcased include OSTEM and Pathways internships, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and volunteer programs.

“We’re coming to share not just a job,” said Miller. “We’re talking about a career. What does a career from the community college system look like with NASA?”

The presentation is open to the community at large, in addition to students. Attendees will learn about opportunities available right now while enrolled in community college, after graduation, after earning a four-year degree, and several years post-graduation, said Miller.

“We have so many opportunities that your students can apply for today,” she said. “Out of 11 apprentices, 10 graduated from Virginia community colleges. Three out of four intern technicians are currently attending a community college in Virginia.

The first presentation begins at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, and is for Mountain Vista Governor’s School students. Then, there will be a session starting at 10 a.m. for other high school students, followed by a session at 12:30 p.m. for Laurel Ridge students and members of the greater community. The sessions will be distanced to our Fauquier Campus and available via Zoom.

Students will also be given an overview of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, and there will be a question-and-answer session, according to Miller. Additionally, a representative from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium will share more opportunities, she said.

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