Latina students urged to explore STEM careers
Friday, September 28, 2012
Sept. 25, 2012 12:57 PM
The Republic | azcentral.com
More than 200 Latina high-school students from the Southeast Valley will attend a conference Wednesday focusing on careers in science, technology, engineering and math, a collection of professions known by the acronym STEM.
The conference, at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Pecos Road, is co-sponsored by Intel. The Hermanas Conference will provide a supportive environment in which young women can interact with successful Latinas working in STEM, explore technological careers and receive encouragement to finish school, attend college and pursue goals.
"Many young Latinas are not aware of the opportunities available in technology, or what it takes to be an engineer, scientist or a technical professional," Maria Reyes, the college's dean of career and technical education, said in a news release.
"All too often, there is the perception that these professions are not considered traditional careers for Latinas."
The conference will introduce students to various engineering disciplines and provide hands-on experiences to build problem-solving and teaming skills. Intel employees are volunteering at the Hermanas Conference as part of their commitment to increase college enrollment and graduation rates in the science and engineering fields.
"Hermanas Conference offers young Latinas a vision into their future that allows them to set their sights on college and a career path," said Marge Goodman, information-security specialist at Intel and Hermanas Conference co-chairwoman.
"Without that firsthand glimpse into what is truly possible, they may never conceive of themselves in a rewarding STEM career. We're here to show them it can be a reality."