SCHOOL HAS STARTED FOR THE 2015-16 YEAR ! A time for clubs and organizations to recruit and sign up new members.
For the fourth year now, Nevada Copper is teaming up with Yerington High School to organize the Mining Club. With all of the potential mining activity in Mason Valley, it is an incredible opportunity for high school students to learn about the industry. Pumpkin Hollow provides a real life mine project in their backyard to see all the facets of the mining industry and the potential careers. Yerington High School Science Teachers Joanna Kuzia and Keith Sluyter have agreed to be advisors for the Mining Club supported by Nevada Copper Community Relations Coordinator Rita Menesini and other company staff. Past activities include field trips to the Pumpkin Hollow Project, a visit to a major mining convention (American Exploration & Mining Association’s (AEMA) Annual meeting and symposium), University of Nevada Reno Mackay School of Engineering and Earth Sciences, visiting speakers, weekly meetings and links to internet websites with information on mining.
The following information on the importance of the Yerington High School Mining Club was posted at the AEMA website: http://www.themoreyoudig.com/?p=1401#more-1401
“The Yerington High School (YHS) Mining Club, a group of students from Yerington, Nevada with a shared interest in the mining industry, is unique. They’re one of the only high school mining clubs in the United States. Seriously. I think that needs to change. There need to be more opportunities for high school students to get involved with mining through clubs like YHS’s. Why? I’ll give you five reasons:
- It’s fun: For students interested in mining, what could be better than getting together to explore and learn about minerals, metals, and the mining industry with like-minded peers? Being part of a mining club can also provide unique experiences that build on and enhance in-class learning about subjects like geology, minerals, and natural resources. This brings me to my next point …
- It’s hands-on: Nevada Copper’s community relations coordinator Rita Menesini helped start the YHS mining club and Nevada Copper, along with other local mining companies like Entrée Gold, has given presentations and tours to the group. Nevada Copper has also hosted the club at the AEMA’s Annual Meeting, the second-biggest mining convention in the U.S., the past few years (read more about their experience in the Reno Gazette here). These activities provide plenty of physical and hands-on interaction with minerals, metals, and the professionals that mine them.
- There’s a need for more mining education:The opportunity to teach high school students and others about minerals, metals, and mining can’t be missed. According to a recent article by Mining Engineers, “Two-thirds of the professionals entering the minerals industry who graduated within the past 40 years graduated prior to 1985.” There’s a great need to connect and engage students and young professionals with the mining industry in order to build up the next generation of mining professionals.
- A chance to interact with real-world mining professionals: One of the YHS Mining Club members had this to say about AEMA’s Annual Meeting: “What I found to be very helpful is the way vendors at the exhibit were willing to take the time to talk with me, even though I was only a high school student.” Chances like these to connect and interact with established professionals in the mining industry are a great way to start giving students and young people a practical look at the mining industry. It’s one thing to learn about mining concepts in a school setting, it’s another to be able to experience the practical realities of mining via interaction with real-world miners. Clubs like YHS’s are a great way to offer these kinds of opportunities.
- It’s a fantastic learning experience:One YHS club member, again speaking about the AEMA Annual Meeting, said, “I have learned much about the mining community … There are a wide range of jobs that are involved in the mining industry that I did not know about.” Learning about the mining industry and the various opportunities available through activities like the YHS Mining Club is a great way expand students’ horizons.
We need more clubs like Yerington High School’s. The fact they are one of the only high school mining clubs in the country is an epic missed opportunity. With mining clubs like YHS’s, we can help the next generation take advantage of all the amazing hands-on opportunities to learn about minerals, metals, mining, and the professional opportunities available to them in related industries.”