Young women with a shared interest in career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will gather at OSU Institute of Technology next week for the annual event, Women in Technology.
The event will take place Thursday, March 5, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the OSUIT campus. Women in Technology is open to females in high school to introduce women to career opportunities in traditionally male-dominated fields with a focus on STEM programs.
“We want these young women to know that they have a ton of options and aren’t limited to the stereotypical female-appropriate careers,” stated Sable Vasquez, director of Prospective Student Services. “In today’s workforce, it’s possible for women to succeed in many different industries and professions.”
The day will consist of a speaker followed by lunch and two 45-minute sessions touring technical programs on campus. Eileen Dewey, assistant dean of the School of Creative & Information Technologies will be speaking to the students about pursing careers in technical fields.
The program tours provide engaging activities and demonstrations in a career track format to better understand the academic and skill requirements for degree programs that are offered through OSUIT.
The programs participating this year are; Orthotic & Prosthetic Technologies, Culinary Arts, Truck Technician, Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Automotive Service Technology - Pro-Tech and Information Technologies.
Vasquez said that she would encourage young women interested in a technical career to “Go for it!”
“If that is what you are interested in, then have confidence in yourself and put in the work,” she said. “You will have to get out of your comfort zone a little, but don’t dismiss the idea without giving it a shot.”
Vasquez said event registration is filling up quickly. Visit osuit.edu/wit to register.