The American Public Works Association’s Central Coast Chapter was proud to announce our 2018 scholarship award recipients during our last monthly Chapter Luncheon. The Chapter was able to award three separate $3,000 scholarships to deserving students interested in careers in the public works field. The following recipients were recognized for this honor:
Below are summaries of the roles, responsibilities, and knowledge each of these recipients were able to gain through this experience.
1. Agustin Soto, City of Santa Barbara
Agustin provided his point of view on the knowledge gained during his time with the City. “The City of Santa Barbara offered an engineering internship that not only allowed me to learn government and project management procedures, but also reminded me of how important soft skills are in the work force. There’s so many large projects currently under construction or in the design phase that it’s easy to lose track of your tasks. This internship helped me to polish my organizational and prioritization skills. I now carry a note pad everywhere to keep record of any important information received. I also categorize emails by color depending on the urgency and time required to complete the task. Doing so helps me produce the highest work quality product for the City of Santa Barbara.”
2. Austin Catlin, County of Santa Barbara
Austin provided support for Project Clean Water by:
Austin learned during the internship how to implement Onland Visual Trash Assessment methodology and ArcCollector for field and data collection. This allowed Austin to create ArcGIS maps from this data for the County’s use. Additionally, Austin assessed creek conditions for illegal discharges, prepared storm water quality data information into reports, and attended meetings with Santa Barbara area storm water managers (SBCAMM) and weekly meetings with Water Resource staff at the County. Based on feedback from Austin’s supervisor, Bree Belyea, the County was appreciative of Austin’s efforts and greatly enjoyed the time they were able to spend with Austin.
3. Dylan Carstens/Luke Coyne/Brycen Killion/Andrea Schmidt/Jordan Smith, Granite Construction
As part of Granite’s Intern Rotational Program, the above mentioned five students were able to support Granite in its Materials Production/Asphalt Plan Operations business area in their Santa Maria, Buellton, and Santa Barbara locations. The interns are pursuing various majors including Civil Engineering, Geology, and Construction Management. Below is the list of universities these individuals were attending during this internship:
Dylan Carstens - University of Nevada – Reno
Luke Coyne - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Brycen Killion - University of Northern Arizona
Andrea Schmidt - UC Berkeley
Jordan Smith - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
As part of the luncheon, we were fortunate to have Dylan speak about his experience with Granite and how positive internships are to students.
The American Public Works Association’s Central Coast Chapter celebrates the accomplishment of these individuals and greatly appreciates the participation with local agencies and consultants providing support for public works. We look forward to continuing this program and awarding more scholarships in 2019!