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NGWA videos promote groundwater fields of study, careers


June 29, 2015
By Ground Water Canada

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June 29, 2015, Westerville, OH – With a projected shortage of 135,000
geoscientists expected to occur in the U.S. within the next 10
years, the National Ground Water Association is promoting two videos
that spotlight ground water fields of study and careers to secondary and post-secondary students.

June 29, 2015, Westerville, OH – With a projected shortage of 135,000
geoscientists expected to occur in the U.S. within the next 10
years, the National Ground Water Association is promoting two videos
that spotlight ground water fields of study and careers to secondary and post-secondary students.

A two-minute video primarily targets secondary school students interested in science and/or the outdoors. Groundwater Is Cool
highlights the critical importance of ground water as a freshwater
resource for human use and the environment. It contains arresting
statistics, fast-paced graphics, and music.

The second is a five-minute video targeting both precollege and college
students, and includes interviews with students, professors, and
professionals about the benefits of ground water careers.

Both videos can be accessed via NGWA.org/CareerCenter .

The projected shortage of geoscience professionals already is being felt in the groundwater industry, the association said.

“NGWA members have expressed concern about where the groundwater
professionals of the future will come from. These videos are just a part
of NGWA’s efforts to draw the world’s best and brightest students into
groundwater careers of all kinds,” said NGWA chief executive officer Kevin McCray.

What concerns the groundwater industry presents opportunity for students, the association said.

“There are lots of places in college where you can go to get a degree,
but there are not so many places in college you can go to get a job. One
of the real benefits of geology and hydrogeology – it’s a profession
with a job attached to the end of it,” says interviewee Franklin
Schwartz, PhD, a professor in hydrogeology at Ohio State University, in the video.

The NGWA encourages all groundwater stakeholders to share the videos with
high schools and colleges, as well as other industry professionals.