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Program Encourages Girls to Explore Careers Using Math and Science

Carleen Christner, special guest
4/27/2006 —

Interactive Storytelling, DNA Detectives, Weather Watchers, Getting "Physical" with Math and Science, the Science of Color in Cosmetics, How Math and Science Help Animals, and It’s Hold Up are just a few of the workshops being offered during the tenth annual program to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program on Friday, May 5, at Penn State York. Pathways to Your Future: Exploring STEM Careers begins at 9 a.m. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Middle schools girls, their teachers and some parents representing twenty-four school districts and some home schoolers will take part in this career awareness program. (A complete list of the schools participating is attached). More than 325 people will be participating in the free program with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the program getting under way at 9 a.m.

Pathways to Your Future offers girls the opportunity to explore a variety of job related fields in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. This free program brings together young women and professional women from academia, medicine, government agencies, business, and industry for a day of workshops and discussion. The program also provides teachers with information to guide young women toward career opportunities in these fields.

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the program, special guest Carleen Christner, enterprise integration services portfolio manager at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), will speak at 1:30 p.m. Christner is an information technology consultant architect specializing in enterprise integration. Enterprise integration enables information to be shared across computer networks and application systems. Employing more than 100,000 IT professionals, EDS delivers a broad portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications, energy, transportation, consumer and retail industries, and to governments around the world.

"This is the 10th year of this free program that brings together young women and professional women from academia, medicine, government agencies, business and industry for a day of workshops and discussion," said Suzanne Gladfelter, program coordinator and senior instructor in information sciences and technology at Penn State York. "We hope this program will continue to give young women a better idea of the variety of careers out there using science, technology, engineering and math. We also help it will encourage them to pursue these careers."

Pathways to Your Future: Exploring STEM Careers is sponsored by Penn State York, C.S. Davidson, Inc., the Alice J. Whiteley family, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State Commission for Women, Haas Printing Company, Inc., and a Pullo Family Grant.

For more information, please contact Barbara Dennis at 771-4128.

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