Published On: 11/24/2015

MEC finds innovative ways to promote careers in the mining industry

Partners with American Geosciences Institute for Earth Science Week

The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation strives to generate an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals in their lives and lifestyles. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are used by mining professionals throughout the industry. MEC has created a series of podcasts with industry experts to show students how an interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

MEC will again be providing educational resources for the American Geosciences Institute Earth Science Week toolkit. Included in the 2015 toolkit, which will be sent to 16,000 science teachers and educators nationwide, are three MEC bookmarks representing mining careers that complement the podcast series.

The podcast series mining experts include:

  • Barbara Filas –Mining Engineer and 2005 SME President
  • Jim Gusek – Reclamation Specialist and recipient of the SME/AIME Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award
  • Scott McAnally – Exploration Geologist at the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine
  • Stacy Kramer – Vice President of Health and Safety with Freeport-McMoRan

The series can be found at, along with other resources including mining careers flyers, booklets, PowerPoint presentations and a link to mining and mineral related job opportunities. Images of the bookmarks can be downloaded and used in education presentations and as conversation starters. Sets of the laminated bookmarks may also be purchased.

There are literally hundreds of careers related to mining that offer the opportunity for world travel, good income and the possibility to make a difference in the advancement of the world’s economy and sustainability. MEC is providing innovative ways to communicate these opportunities to future global leaders.

For more information about MEC, visit

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or