Local education gets big boost from Washington River Protection Services


KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Local education is getting a big boost from Washington River Protection Services.

Representatives from the Hanford tanks contractor presented a check for $127,000 Thursday at Highlands Middle School in Kennewick for local STEM education.

The contribution was made to support local science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the Mid-Columbia.

AECOM, the company that owns WRPS, says they set aside money in their budget for investments such as this, hoping to grow the minds of young people, so they can enter the workforce, and specifically fill the needs of jobs at engineering sites.

The Washington State STEM education foundation was incorporated in 2009. The first project was helping launch Delta High.

"Were very proud and appreciate the opportunity to give back first and foremost but at the same time we need to invest in our kids because as we perform this high risk high hazard work at the site and the Hanford reservation," said James Taylor of AECOM.