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ENGAGING TOMORROW’S ENGINEERS TODAY
OSPE Deepens Relationships on Campus through the Student Ambassador Program
Recognizing that today’s engineering students are tomorrow’s professional engineers, OSPE is committed to connecting with students across the province and engaging them early on in their chosen profession.
This year, OSPE launched its Student Ambassador Program to foster more direct connections with engineering students and to provide them with more support and opportunities — while they are studying and after graduation. The Student Ambassador Program enlists up to three senior students at each of the 15 accredited engineering schools in Ontario. The program provides these students with the platform, tools and support to make the voice of the student community heard and to effect change. Student Ambassadors actively participate in identifying issues that affect engineering students and work on developing solutions, using OSPE as a resource. These issues may be academic, such as advocating for curriculum changes to ensure students graduate with all
the skills employers are looking for, or non-academic, such as ensuring students have access to networking and skill-building opportunities that help prepare them to enter the workforce. Since the program was initially piloted in April 2012, a total of 10 Ontario engineering students at 4 different schools have signed up to become OSPE Student Ambassadors. By agreeing to participate actively for one year, these students enjoy complimentary Student Membership in OSPE, opportunities to take part in invitation-only events and letters of recommendation from OSPE outlining their commitment to their fellow students and their future profession. OSPE Student Ambassadors demonstrate this commitment by: • Acting as the liaison between OSPE and their respective engineering faculties
• Bringing the voice of the student community forward to OSPE • Advising OSPE on the challenges and opportunities facing Ontario’s engineering students • Playing a key role in developing and implementing solutions • Developing an informal network of peers and engineers on campus and beyond • Building awareness among fellow students of the value OSPE delivers to the engineering community • Encouraging students to join OSPE and to transition to Intern/Associate membership after graduation If you are an engineering student who would like to learn more about becoming an OSPE Student Ambassador, please contact Alina Oprea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMBASSADORS A DIFFERENCE
WANT TO MAKE
4th Year Water Resource Engineering, university of Guelph Based on the research I’ve done, OSPE is one of a kind in Ontario. When I visited their website, it was the place I’d been looking for — a place where my background, experience and skills could be put to use. OSPE can also help me improve and build my career future. The Student Ambassador Program allows me to share and show fellow colleagues what OSPE can do for them as well. What I personally want to achieve with the Student Ambassador program is to help students after they graduate by forming a student-run group that is career goal based. With OSPE’s help and connections, I feel that this group will be a huge success. I am very thankful for this opportunity.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012
OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012
A Great Day on the Green
Don’t Miss the 65th OPEA Gala
Engaging Tomorrow’s Engineers
The Business End of Engineering
Profile: Pierre Lassonde, P.Eng.
Continuing Professional Development: Mandatory or Not?
PAN Expands Outreach to Ottawa
You’ve just had an auto accident. Now what?
Ask the Expert: Facing a Complaint
Keep Yourself Covered
What’s 2 + 2? Depends Who’s Answering!
Custom-built Learning for Engineers
OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012