Students Visit Merck Cherokee

Chemistry and Physics students from Mrs. Keller’s classes recently visited the Merck Cherokee site in Riverside. During the visit, students received a tour of the manufacturing, laboratory, utilities, materials handling, and safety and environmental facilities at the site. The students learned how pharmaceutical
active ingredients are manufactured, and got to see first-hand the equipment, computer systems, and personnel that support the many operations that go into making a drug product. The day was capped off with lunch and a STEM career panel discussion during which students learned about the varied Science, Technology, Engineering and Math career opportunities within a research and manufacturing facility such as the Merck Cherokee site.

Students got to explore job responsibilities, educational requirements, and potential career paths through talking to Cherokee employees who shared their own career stories. The visit was followed up by a project in which students reflected on their visit, and selected a specific STEM-related career to further research. The students really enjoyed this field trip, and especially appreciated getting to interact with Cherokee employees to learn more about their jobs and the site.

Thank you Mrs. Keller for arranging and leading this opportunity!