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Congresswoman Edwards’ 7th Annual College & Career Fair Provides Insight, Youth Resources

For the seventh year, Maryland Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards hosted her annual College and Career Fair for students in Maryland. The event, held at Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County, MD on Saturday, October 10th, drew more than 1,500 high school, middle school, and college students and their parents.

Representatives more than 100 schools, companies, nonprofit organizations shared resources with students to provide college resources and answer questions, exhibitors gave tips on essay writing, financing education, and requirements for students seeking to attend participating colleges and universities. Many of these institutions of higher learning also conducted on-site interviews, and had alumni representatives who shared their perspectives on the college experience with students.

Photo credit: Congresswoman Donna Edwards Staff
Photo credit: Congresswoman Donna Edwards Staff

In addition, students received career resources to help them plan for future opportunities, learn more about internships, and identify important skills needed for jobs – STEM and beyond – and how they can begin developing them now. Ask The Strategist owner and Editor, Kesi Stribling (CEO of KSG Strategic Consulting), participated as an exhibitor for the fifth time. She shared the Career Development Checklist covering action items for students in middle school, high school, and college and the Three Es of Career Preparation.

The fair featured workshops to assist students in their academic and career pursuits, including SAT & ACT Information Sessions, Exploring STEM Careers, Financial Aid Resources for Post-High School Education, and It’s Never Too Late to Think About College.

A snapshot of participating exhibitors include AmeriCorps, Anne Arundel Community College, Bennett College, Lockheed Martin, Morgan State University STEM Expo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation, Patriots Technology Training Center, State Farm Insurance, Tufts University, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

For more information about Congresswoman Edwards’ College and Career Fair, visit her website or follow #RepEdwardsCollegeFair.

DISCLAIMER: Since its original debut on MySpace in 2004 as Midweek Musings, ASK THE STRATEGIST is a blog that highlights information on business, entrepreneurship, careers and the workplace, health, community, and women. Any content or advice dispensed through Ask The Strategist is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. All content, unless otherwise noted, is the property of Ask the Strategist and its affiliates, and may not be re-published without express written permission from the Editor.

5 Things to Do in the Workplace on Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, an annual reminder to be a little kinder, gentler to our planet and the communities in which we live. Following are five simple things you can do in the workplace to commemorate Earth Day, while taking steps to incorporate green activities on a daily basis.

Earth Day 2015
Earth Day 2015

1. Say goodbye to paper and energy waste

Help Mother Earth by eliminating unnecessary paper in the office. Whether discarding old memos, outdated company procedures, or decades old personnel files, eliminating the deluge of paper can have a positive impact in the workplace. By scanning and electronically storing essential documents, offices can decrease paper use resulting in cost saving, the preservation of trees, increased storage space, and the reduction of mold and spores.

To conserve energy, turn off the power in rooms at work – unoccupied offices, the restroom, and cafeteria – that are not in use. Energy efficient light bulbs, including those operated by automatic sensor to turn lights on and off, are easy to use and cost-effective. Conserving energy helps the planet, and reduces your office electric bill. Use those saved dollars for employee bonuses instead!

2. Form an alliance with a green-friendly company

Considering a new strategic alliance or partner? Then, think about engaging a green company that has as its mission conservation of energy, the elimination of waste, and a demonstrated commitment to community greening efforts. Forming partnerships with other companies or patronizing vendors with a green work ethic creates an opportunity to work together in a conscientious way. Plus, it doubles the number of staff – your company and theirs – who can work efficiently and generate long-term green efforts beyond Earth Day.

3. Ditch the plastic

Replace plastic utensils with silverware and bring your own coffee cups to work – ditching the Styrofoam and plastic cups. Using cutlery can eliminate waste and save corporate dollars. Some health experts believe that Styrofoam and plastic have a negative impact on the body. So, ditching the plastic may not only help the planet; it may benefit your personal health as well.

4. Take on telecommuting

With gas prices on the rise, telecommuting is a money-saving and efficient way to better our planet. Telecommuting reduces traffic, emissions, and saves energy usage in the workplace. Working at home also has great health benefits, reducing stress that comes from driving to and from work during hefty traffic, being at home when the children arrive after school, and fostering a bit of peace and quiet that is not always present in the workplace.

5. Convert your coworkers

The best way to sustain green activities in the workplace is to engage your coworkers. Make your efforts to conserve energy a contest, work on projects together, and encourage other businesses in your work complex or community to join forces. Organize Earth Day activities, including initiating a recycling plan, planting trees, forming teams to present innovative ways to conserve energy during staff meetings once a month, or bring in an expert to help you and your coworkers implement a strategic green effort at work.

No matter the effort you make on Earth Day 2015, strive to make these changes a long-term habit in the office.

Have a green tip for the workplace? Leave us a reply below.

DISCLAIMER: Since its original debut on MySpace in 2004 as Midweek Musings, ASK THE STRATEGIST is a blog that highlights information on business, entrepreneurship, careers and the workplace, health, community, and women. Any content or advice dispensed through Ask The Strategist is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. All content, unless otherwise noted, is the property of Ask the Strategist and its affiliates, and may not be re-published without express written permission from the Editor.

About the Blogger: Kesi Stribling

Kesi Stribling, Editor, Ask The Strategist
Kesi Stribling, Editor, Ask The Strategist

King Day of Service: A Day ON, Not a Day OFF

A Day of Service
 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today,  we honor the life, legacy, and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope that you will make this a day ON – giving service of some sort to others.

Looking for somewhere to serve? Visit Serve.gov to find service activities in your community.