1. Katie Surra
  2. Instructor
  4. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  1. Nanette Marcum-Dietrich
  2. http://www.millersville.edu/edfoundations/faculty/dietrich_n.php
  3. Skilled Women get STEM Jobs
  5. Millersville University
  1. Alexander Surra
  2. Assistant Professor
  4. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Skilled Women Get STEM Jobs

NSF Awards: 1565717

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12, Undergraduate

The Skilled Women Get STEM Jobs program uses partnerships with industry representatives to increase awareness of career opportunities in green collar and technical fields among high school juniors and seniors at selected high schools, and to increase female retention rates among female students currently enrolled in technical programs.

Working off the theory that exposure to STEM careers and role models is key (you have to see it to be it), the Skilled Women Get STEM Jobs program uses female role models from industry, industry tours, and inter-disciplinary hands-on workshops to encouraging young women to pursue these non-traditional career paths.  Female students currently enrolled in the project's eleven partner high schools will be given the opportunity to participate in a one-day industry tour.  Each tour begins with stops at two to three local industries where females working in the industry provide the young women with a tour of their facility and explain their career.  Tour participants then arrive at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology where lunch, guest speakers, and a Campus tour awaits them.  After the tours are completed all students will be given the opportunity to participate in a one day hands-on multidisciplinary workshop at Thaddeus Stevens College.  Thaddeus Stevens instructors, female industry representatives, and currently enrolled female college students will provide instruction.

Industry partners will also be used to implement an informal mentoring program on Campus.  Currently enrolled female students will be offered support of women currently working in industry through the informal, monthly, meetings and events.

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