More Nova Scotia young women will have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities and meet role models in the science, trades, and technology professions thanks to a $60,000 investment in the Techsploration program by the Department of Energy. “Young women make up more than half of Nova Scotia’s available workforce, so helping ensure that there is a diverse workforce in the energy sector is important,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “This investment will also help young women learn more about career opportunities in Nova Scotia.” The Techsploration program is administered by a not-for-profit group called Techsploration. The group works within the school system to provide young women with opportunities to explore their careers options. Each year, the program hosts a number of events for students in grades 9 to 12, particularly for young women in Grade 9 who meet role models and tour work sites. The program is offered in 17 schools across the province and provides opportunities for hundreds of young women, as well as young men, to learn more about science, trade, and technology career choices. Many of the schools that participate in the program are in rural communities, including three First Nations schools and an Acadian school. Eight more schools are being added to the program in the 2006-07 school year. The additional funding from the Department of Energy will make it possible for more students to participate. In addition to the financial investment, the Energy department also has a staff member active in the program as a mentor and judge of the Techsplorers event. Kim Doane, a petroleum geologist and environmental co-ordinator with the department, said volunteering with the program is an excellent way to give young women an opportunity to explore different career paths and hear from role models who enjoy their professions. “I continue to volunteer with the Techsploration program because it’s been an excellent forum to introduce young women to exciting opportunities and workplace roles,” said Ms. Doane. “It also helps stress the importance of high school math and science courses so these young students don’t limit their career choices.” “At the recent Techsploration Alumnae Conference, one young woman expressed an interest in becoming a petroleum geologist after she met Ms. Doane,” said Tricia Robertson, executive director of Techsploration. “This is just one of many examples that highlight the importance of role models and the impact of Techsploration on young people throughout the province.” Launched in 1999, Techsploration is a joint initiative of the Nova Scotia Community College, the apprenticeship training and skill development division of the Department of Education, and Women in Trades and Technology Nova Scotia. The program currently has 17 corporate, government and industry association sponsors. More than half of them represent the energy sector.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Mike Locksley is thrilled to be home.The Washington native who spent two stints as a Maryland football assistant and also served as the Terrapins’ interim leader for six games in 2015 was introduced Thursday as the school’s full-time coach.“This was the job I’ve coveted since the day I put a whistle around my neck as a coach,” said Locksley, the Alabama offensive co-ordinator who Tuesday was named the winner of the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. “Some people grow up wanting to be the head coach at the University of Alabama, Michigan, all the storied programs. For Locks, this was it.”Locksley, who turns 49 on Christmas Day, will remain with the top-ranked Crimson Tide through the College Football Playoff.He is taking over a Maryland program coming off its most tumultuous season in recent memory.It has been less than six months since the June 13 death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heat stroke May 29 during an off-season workout. Former coach D.J. Durkin was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 11 as investigations were conducted into the circumstances surrounding McNair’s death and allegations of bullying and intimidation by coach and one of his assistants.The governing board for the state university system decided to reinstate Durkin on Oct. 30, a decision that prompted widespread outrage and protests by players. University president Wallace Loh fired Durkin the next day.Matt Canada served as the team’s interim coach and was credited with keeping the team together under difficult circumstances and he interviewed for the permanent job, but Maryland instead went with Locksley,The Terps finished the season 5-7, their fourth consecutive losing season and third year in the last four without a post-season appearance.“This has been a difficult season for our team,” athletic director Damon Evans said. “They deserve someone who can bring us together, someone who understands what they have gone through, someone who can help them continue to heal.”Enter Locksley, who endured a personal tragedy of his own. His 25-year-old son Meiko was shot and killed Sept. 3, 2017, in Columbia, Maryland.Locksley also knows McNair’s family; his daughter attended high school with McNair. Martin McNair, Jordan’s father, attended Thursday’s news conference.“My No. 1 priority and focus will be the health, development and safety as the head of this family,” Locksley said.Locksley previously worked at Maryland from 1997-2002 as the running backs coach and from 2012-15 as offensive co-ordinator. He also had stops in between at Florida (2003-04) and Illinois (2005-08).It is Locksley’s second full-time head coaching job. He had a rocky tenure on and off the field over parts of three seasons at New Mexico, where he was 2-26. He was suspended for one game in 2009 for an altercation with an assistant coach, and was sued for sexual harassment by an administrative assistant. Those claims were later resolved.Including his six-game stint as Maryland’s interim coach in 2015, he owns a 3-31 career record.“I’m so far removed from that New Mexico experience — 10 years and two days from when I was introduced there,” Locksley said. “Who I’ve become as a coach and who I’ve become as a person, as everyone else (does), you mature, you grow. I just spent three years saturated in winning under coach Nick Saban and the Alabama football program.”Maryland’s football program has struggled to gain traction since joining the Big Ten in 2014. The Terps have gone 13-30 in league play in that span, including a combined 3-17 against East Division powers Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.Locksley possesses a reputation as a strong recruiter, particularly in the Washington area, which made him an ideal candidate after such a difficult season.“We have one of the best areas in the country for talent, and we’re going to work our tails off to keep it right here,” Locksley said.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press