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CH2M HILL Inspires Tomorrow's Engineers Today Through National Engineers Week Sponsorship

CH2M HILL Inspires Tomorrow's Engineers Today Through National Engineers Week Sponsorship

DENVER,20 February, 2006 — CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm, is proud to join with thousands of engineers, students, and teachers to celebrate the 56th Engineers Week, February 19-25, 2006.

This is the ninth year that CH2M HILL has sponsored this national event to increase awareness, understanding, and interest in the engineering profession.

E-Week aims to ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering careers and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Celebrated throughout the United States, E-Week also raises public appreciation of engineer's contributions to society and is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts.

Since CH2M HILL's founding in 1946 we have actively engaged with local school leaders and their students to promote the study of science, mathematics, and engineering," said CH2M HILL Vice Chairman Bud Ahearn. "We reach out to our youth to highlight their career opportunities and to build our future workforce. We contribute value to the communities we serve through economic growth, social benefits, and environmental stewardship."

Serving on the Corporate Advisory Council for E-Week, Ahearn is acutely aware of the statistics driving increased engineering education and awareness in Kindergarten through 12th grades. According to National Science and Engineering Indicators, U.S. enrollment in engineering schools has decreased approximately 17 percent in the last 20 years.

"We need to reach these kids when they're just beginning to think about college majors and careers. There is a world of opportunity, literally, open to young engineers," said Ahearn.

In 2006, E-Week aims to reach 10,000 classrooms through its theme, "Connecting Educators to Engineering." Employees from CH2M HILL offices across the country will volunteer to serve as mentors, teachers, and judges in a variety of activities including engineering competitions, technology fairs, and classroom presentations.
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