Career/STEM site visits kick off!

Veterinary Medicine at Dupont Veterinary Clinic

After one year of planning, Mentors, Inc. hosted its first career site visit with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) at the Dupont Veterinary Clinic.  Clinic staff demonstrated lab tests, blood viewing under a microscope, an animal examination, the shaving of a cat, and a cadaver (a dog's head, without the body attached) and its use for new surgical/medical procedures.  Students participated in listening to a dog's heartbeat and checking its eyes using medical tools, and sitting in on a real animal client interview with its human owner. 

Staff at the clinic provided a lot of information about procedures, education paths that led them to their jobs, how they feel about the work they do, and how students can use their interest to support animals. By the end of the visit, even students who entered with trepidation about seeing surgery and declined viewing, had in fact participated in every facet of the experience, learning as much about themselves as veterinary science!

Thanks to Jan Rosen, DVM and Medical Director, and other clinic staff for the amazing experience!

Real Estate Information at CoStar

Students went to CoStar, the source for real estate information, which houses hundreds of employees at their downtown office.  From the welcome introduction on entry job requirements, education, salaris, and how to use apartments.com on their phones, which is one of CoStar's well-known information sites; to the help desk overview; to the design studio that transforms ideas about CoStar's online connectivity to the actual apps you'll access on your smart phone to access their information; to the field research operations center with over twenty screens monitoring real drones that take millions of outside photos of real estate nationwide, and camera's that take inside 3-D views of apartments and commercial properties; students were transfixed by the exciting ways you can use technology to manage information, and make apartment or office space hunting accessible to everyone.   Students got to sit in the chair and navigate through apartments, or hold a stabilizer that allows you to smoothly use your phone as a camera for non-jittery video.

After the tour, students joined two field research staff for "real deal" Q&A about the business, and even learned that you can be as young as 13 to get a license to fly a drone! Students were able to see first hand just how fun work can be.

College Tour at George Washington University

GW says, “If you want to make history, you’ve come to the right place.”  Students saw firsthand how GW leverages its location to enrich the academic, social and professional experiences for the GW community. Students participated in a tour of campus with their STAR (student) tour guides to see how they would live and study as students at GW.  A rich resource, in our own hometown.

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Career site visits and STEM learning are at the heart of the one-year mentoring relationship, and the focus of mentoring time between a mentor and protege.  Want to join as a student or mentor, or career site visit host and have the experience of a lifetime?  Contact us today!