CJ STEMM Idol: Mike Ooten

While the weather outside might be near freezing, it's time for juniors and seniors to think about the summertime, and in particular, a premier local internship opportunity.

On Tuesday, December 1, Mike Ooten, an aerospace engineer with the Wright Patterson Air Force Base's Air Force Research Laboratory, spoke to students about the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program as part of the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Ooten graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 and participated in the Wright Scholar program when he was in high school. He is now a mentor for the Wright Scholar program. His wife, Amanda, is a science and PLTW teacher at CJ.

The Wright Scholar program offers studies with a focus on the STEM fields. This past summer, seven CJ students participated in the program.

"This program is unique to Dayton," Ooten said. "The fact that students have this opportunity to work in this program is tremendous. Not every community has something like this."

To qualify, students must be at least 16 years old when the program begins, on June 6, 2016. Students must also have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and fill out an application. All applications must be turned in by January 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. The application can be found here.

"I definitely encourage every student who meets the requirements to apply," Ooten emphasized. "The opportunity is amazing because you are working side by side with real engineers doing real projects. It gives students a leg up on their resumes and in their career."

Ooten added that students in the Wright Scholar program will be paid.

"This is your summer job," Ooten said. "I think it shows responsibility for any student, whether it be in their technical career field or not, to get a summer job. The advantage of this program is that it is in a technical career field and students are networking with future potential employers."

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at mdraeger@cjeagles.org.