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Marshall represented at national safety expo

On October 22, 2013

Seven Marshall University students attended the 2013 National Safety Council Congress and Expo earlier this month to establish contacts for internship and post-graduate job opportunities and promote the safety technology program.

Allen D. Stern, professor and chair of Marshall’s division of applied science and technology, took the seven undergraduates of Marshall’s safety technology program on an all-expense-paid trip to Chicago, Ill., to attend the annual conference.

“We made a lot of good contacts with companies who didn’t know Marshall exists or even has a program,” Stern said. “That’s the biggest obstacle we’ve been facing. We’re the best kept secret.”

The National Safety Council, or NSC, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save lives and prevent injury from anything from prescription drug abuse to on-the-job accidents, according to their website. The NSC’s annual Congress and Expo is one of the largest showcases of new safety technologies and practices.

The experience of attending these conferences is crucial to students of the safety technology program because it allows them to connect with potential future employers, according to Stern.

Tyler Bledsoe, senior, said there were an overwhelming number of opportunities presented at the conference.

“There are a lot of safety jobs available all over the country,” Bledsoe said. “Not just in construction, but in manufacturing and sales, too.”

Bledsoe said there were perks to attending the conference other than the potential job and internship opportunities. The students who went to the conference were given the opportunity to attend seminars about new safety technologies and practices. They were also treated to free meals courtesy of such companies as Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Stern said this conference was just the beginning of what he hopes will be an exciting new chapter for Marshall’s safety technology program. Because of the contacts that were made, many companies have shown interest in coming to Marshall in order to promote new safety technologies in the future, as well as offering award and scholarship opportunities for students.

Jeremy Wright can be contacted at

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