Posted: March 19, 2015
Interactive Conference for HS Students to Learn More About STEM Careers
According to a recent national report, only 6% of the Top 100 technology companies are led by women. To inspire the next generation of young women to achieve their dreams, Manchester Community College teamed up with local business leaders in the tech industry to offer career guidance to New Hampshire's high school girls.
On Thursday, March 19, from 9am to 2pm, Manchester Community College hosted the state's third annual Girls Technology Day, an initiative of the New Hampshire Department of Education's Career Development Bureau.
Cindy Brown, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Dyn, was the keynote speaker. Other industry leaders (as well as Manchester Community College faculty and staff) presented workshops for the students. Classes ranged from Building a Dynamic Website and Designing a Prosthetic Arm, to Hard Drive Dissection and Welding for the Artist.
"It is important for our state's young people to be introduced to the many career options before them, and to see successful examples of women in leadership positons in our state," explains Susan Huard, President of Manchester Community College. "We are proud to host Girls Technology Day this year to connect today's leaders to the next generation of women CEO's."
More than 250 ninth- and tenth-grade girls participated from the following high schools: Kearsarge Regional, Manchester School of Technology, Merrimack, Milford, Nashua North, Newfound Regional, Pinkerton, Salem, Seacoast School of Technology, Spaulding, and Winnisquam Regional. Due to overwhelming demand of the program, Girls Technology Day has grown beyond the bounds of a single day. This two-day event offers a wide variety of workshops for students from different schools.
The event was funded in part by a Perkins Grant for non-traditional career development, NH Space Consortium-NASA, NCSL International, Alexander Technology Group, CTE, Hinton Technical Services, Nextera Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Dyn, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, WOKQ, The Shark, WZID, the NH High Tech Council, the American Welding Society, and Manchester Community College.