STEM Careers Sprout in the Tri-State
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is making it possible for interested participants
When you were a little, did you ever dream of a career in science, technology, engineering or math? If so, here’s your chance. A non-profit organization within the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is making it possible for interested participants to follow a path in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).
“Careers with a STEM focus are often at stable companies and offer strong benefits to employees. STEM careers typically are associated with higher than average wages and a future with upward mobility,” says Jenny Bulach, Station Manager at Duke Energy.
STEM professionals have put cutting-edge research together to create award-winning criteria that are supported in and outside of the everyday classroom setting. Live webcasts connect pupils with motivating STEM role models. Student materials include: reading selections with read-to-me functionality, review labs, videos, and online games. For teachers and unofficial educators, lesson plans, assessments, and complete professional development programs are all provided.
“There are various ways to get involved, many schools have STEM programs introducing students to careers in the STEM areas,” says Bulach.
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently coordinated a STEM Girls Day Out, which was hosted at various local businesses on June 27. This event was designed to promote STEM careers to young female students from grades four through eight who were accompanied by their parents and educators. Anyone who attended lived throughout the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area.
“Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce [was] extremely excited to host this event geared towards young women in the area,” says Amanda Dixon, Director of Workforce Talent Solutions at the Chamber.
Duke Energy, Toyota, Wells Fargo Advisors and Gateway Community & Technical College sponsored the event. STEM Girls Day Out was a program in partnership with the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project.
“We believe that by stimulating female students’ interest in STEM careers, we are also supplementing the work to meet workforce demands of local businesses,” says Dixion.
As career mentors, regional employers associated with the energy industry mainly focused on highlighting female leadership to the young female students. Also, a huge and important topic that was covered was the fact that this program will provide young women with an opportunity to tour a local company and gain in-depth knowledge on specific career paths. Each student was assigned to a specific location to learn more about what they could do with skills they would gain from STEM.
To gain more knowledge on STEM Girls Day Out, visit GirlStart.org, and for additional information on STEM through Duke Energy, visit www.DukeEnergy.com.