PSLA Electrical Trades and Technology Students Visit Covanta

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Twenty-six students from the Electrical Trades and Technology programs at the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High School were on hand as Covanta Onondaga made a $10,000 donation to Say Yes Syracuse. The students were able to tour the plant on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville and learn more about careers in Operations and Environmental Engineering from plant employees. While there, they asked engineers questions about how the plant works and careers in waste solutions.

“I thought the trip to Covanta was very educational,’’ said Fowler student Kerry Butler, a senior. “I did not realize until the tour that our trash is converted into electricity and sold back to National Grid. I really appreciated the tour and learned so much. “

Randy Weatherby, a technology instructor at the school, James Wilson, an electrical trades instructor at the school and Susan Centore, Fowler’s work-based learning coordinator, accompanied the students.

“The Covanta tour was a great experience for our students. It touched base with so much of the curriculum that is being instructed in the PSLA Electrical Trades 1 and 2 program,’’ Wilson said. “The students truly were engaged and enjoyed the tour; some are even going to pursue a career path with Covanta.”

“Covanta is committed to extending community outreach to the Greater Syracuse Area,’’ said Kathleen Carroll, client-waste solutions manager for Covanta. “As part of our outreach, we are proud to provide annual funding for the Say Yes to Education program and offer tours to students interested in power technology and energy from waste. We look forward to a long term, successful partnership with Say Yes to Education,’’ Carroll said.

An initial donation of $5,000 was made during the students’ visit to Covanta Onondaga. The company has also pledged an additional $5,000. The entire $10,000 donation will go directly to the Say Yes Syracuse Scholarship Endowment Fund.