Bio Science Academy Gives Teens Experience, College Credit

Three high school students in denim shirts and wide-brimmed hats make rounds on a hot summer day, checking gauges and pumps and testing water samples to make sure everything is working properly at Pima County’s Wastewater Reclamation Facility on the far west side.

All of Tucson’s solid waste and about 70 percent of its liquid waste comes here to be treated.

These students are part of Pima County’s Bio-Science Academy, a monthlong paid internship that helps high school students and recent graduates gain work experience in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — fields while also earning college credits.

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