Washington River Protection Solutions honored for hiring veterans

WRPS_veteransWashington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) was one of seven employers recognized this spring by the Washington State Employment Security Department for hiring veterans.

WRPS employs 215 veterans who make up about 12 percent of its workforce.  The award recipients were announced in conjunction with National Military Appreciation Month and the Memorial Day holiday.

“The men and women who serve in our military bring valuable skills and experience to civilian jobs after they’ve completed their active duty,” Department Commissioner Dale Peinecke said in a statement. “These seven employers have demonstrated their commitment to providing jobs for veterans in our state again and again.”

WRPS awards Family Scholarships to outstanding high school seniors

Family scholarship 2015 (33)Five high school seniors received the first-ever WRPS Family Scholarships for academic excellence recently.

The recipients of the $2,000 scholarships are the sons or daughters of WRPS employees.  They were selected on the basis of leadership, scholastic achievement and service.

“The scholarships are an excellent way for us to reward students for their hard work in the classroom and their involvement in school and community activities,” said Dave Olson, WRPS president and project manager.  “The scholarships also recognize their families for the commitment and sacrifices they have made in support of their son’s or daughter’s growth and education.”

WRPS engineers bridge educational gap with local students

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WRPS engineers spent the day with High School students last week learning about the importance of designing and building bridges – but on a much smaller scale.

Students participated in an event sponsored by Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), a national program recognized for its innovative and effective academic development techniques.

The event challenged students to build bridges out of Popsicle sticks. Students were divided into teams of three, had one hour to complete the task, and were judged on design and teamwork.

WRPS engineers served as judges, evaluating the bridge for aesthetic appeal and load-bearing capability. The top-performing bridge was able to support 34 pounds.

WRPS employees March for Babies

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WRPS employees and family members Marched for Babies at the annual March of Dimes event.

WRPS helps to Bridge Partnerships

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WRPS recognizes that partnering with small businesses is essential to sustaining success on the tank farms project.
The company recently demonstrated its steadfast commitment to small businesses, particularly those in the local community, by sponsoring the Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium at the TRAC Center in Pasco.

Bridging Partnerships is an annual networking conference/workshop that helps companies learn more about government contracting at Hanford.  More than 250 small business owners, procurement professionals and supplier representatives attended this year’s event, which offered breakout sessions with leading industry and government experts, as well as a business expo.

WRPS has experienced great success teaming with small businesses since taking over the tank farms contract in 2008. The company has awarded more than $1 billion in subcontracts, with nearly two-thirds of the money going to small businesses.

WRPS’ commitment to safety goes beyond the tank farms

Motorcycle_lidarWRPS’ commitment to safety goes beyond the tank farms.  It covers the entire Hanford Site.

In an effort to help improve Hanford Site traffic safety, WRPS donated approximately $2,500 to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office to buy a new speed-detecting laser gun for use on a motorcycle.  The sheriff’s office is responsible for traffic control on and near the site.

This is the second time WRPS has provided funding to the sheriff’s office for speed-detecting equipment.  In 2011, WRPS donated money to the purchase of a new radar system for a patrol car.

WRPS employee stars in CBC anniversary campaign

CBC 60thThis summer, a WRPS employee’s connection to Columbia Basin College (CBC) is earning him a little bit of local notoriety.

“I think the strangest thing will be to see my face on the side of a bus,” said WRPS engineer Frank Aguilar.

As part of its 60th anniversary, CBC organized an advertising campaign featuring graduates of the school explaining how their education earned them a solid career start. As one of the event sponsors, WRPS was asked to identify an employee to share his or her story. Along with several other CBC students, Aguilar was interviewed, photographed and filmed to create an array of print, TV, radio, and bus ads that the college will roll out beginning July 1.

WRPS ‘Chamber advocate’ receives award

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Melissa (Mo) Garrard, center, WRPS Information Resources,  receives the Tri-City Regional Chamber S.T.A.R. (service, time, attitude and reliability) Award from two Chamber representatives at its annual meeting in late March. Garrard has served on the Chamber’s Executive Committee within its Board of Directors since 2013 and has been on the board since 2012.

Described as “a true advocate of the Chamber” during the award presentation, Garrard plays an essential role in the Chamber’s Small Business Incentive Program that WRPS sponsors. She helped develop the application process and participates in the selection of the incentive program grant winners each year.

WRPS volunteers support STEM learning

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About a dozen WRPS volunteers met with more than 500 area high school students over the weekend at an annual event focused on math, engineering, and science achievement activities. Students from 10 area schools attended the event.

Participants took on six challenges using real-world applications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. This year, students built and tested prosthetic arms, mobile phone applications, balsawood gliders and egg drop devices.