Partnering with various community entities, educational institutions, as well as local government, the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem (BCe2) is designed to create viable and sustainable solutions to improve and redevelop some of South Bend’s most blighted neighborhoods. Highlighting the importance of varying perspectives, BCe2 provides local high school and college students with the opportunity to become a part of the solution by serving as interns. This year’s interns included several ND TRiO Scholars.
Willow believes BCe2 has helped her start her engineering career, saying BCE2 “is an opportunity for me to learn the basic skills needed for project based engineering, from how green infrastructure works, to how to use GSI, and to working in a complex, self-guided team. So yes, BCe2 has provided a great work environment with comfy couches and flexible hours, but it has also allowed me to give back to my community and make connections the way most other ‘jobs’ would not.” Willow Crisovan is a graduate of John Adams High School and will be attending Purdue University (West Lafayette) this fall to study civil engineering.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Juarez is a junior at Riley High School in the Engineering program. Her summer internship was the Westside Vacant Lots project. Jackie was encouraged by several of her teachers to apply for the internship.
As a part of the Bowman Creek Watershed Management team, Marlon said he came to BCe2 to create change. Marlon is a graduate of Riley High School and will be attending Indiana State University in the fall to study Packaging Engineering.
Juel is a member of the Bowman Creek Academy team, a week long day camp for middle and high school students to learn about the environmental concepts addressed in BCe2 projects. Juel is a rising junior in Riley High School’s Engineering program.
For more information about each student’s project, check out the video below.