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BRATTLEBORO — Recent efforts within local communities have connected students with businesses to discover a wide range of career possibilities and provide a chance to interact with professionals.

Stevens & Associates, P.C., an architecture and engineering firm located in downtown Brattleboro, has participated in such programs as the 2017 Sophomore Summit of Windham County, the 2017 Spring Vermont Future Business Leaders of America Conference, a Brattleboro Union High School panel discussion, Careers in Architecture & Engineering, as well as the firm's own Career Shadowing Program available to local students interested in pursuing a career in the areas of architecture, civil and structural engineering, and landscape architecture.

Stevens & Associates recognizes the value of relationship building with local schools and supports STEM programs that introduce science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to students.

"Your young professionals did a fantastic job sharing their career stories, said Brattleboro Union High School science teacher Dan Braden, "a great mix of the factual and emotional aspects of it, really interesting and even moving."

Stevens & Associates currently employs five graduates of BUHS working in the areas of civil and structural engineering and architecture. One of the graduates, Cory Frehsee is a professional engineer and a principal for the firm.

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"S&A is excited to provide opportunities for local students to explore different careers within our office," said Frehsee. "Our goal is to nurture civic minded individuals, and demonstrate the responsibility architects and engineers have as they create, shape, and preserve our communities."

The goals of the Career Shadowing Program are to:      Encourage local students to consider a career in architecture, engineering, and landscape architecture by offering them the chance to observe professionals at Stevens & Associates perform day-to-day responsibilities, convey the importance these professions have within our communities; inspire local students to return to southern Vermont and join the vibrant, growing young professional community by taking advantage of the internships and careers available in the area; and introduce students to the varied academic and experiential paths that directed S&A professionals to their current position.

The Career Shadowing Program is designed to schedule students for half- and full-day career workshops. These workshops are customized to the student's interests and vary based on time of year, schedules and current projects. Our professionals are eager to get students thinking about the local projects occurring throughout their community and how they might contribute and influence the future of their town.