STEM careers are in demand, and opportunities are available for every student. However,
women and people of color are significantly underrepresented in the majority of
high-demand, high-tech, high-wage jobs. Many efforts to increase student awareness
of such careers exist, but as Kelly Walsh of Vermont Works for Women states, "Conferences
or other events are wonderful, but they must lead to next steps that move students
to pursue careers with livable wages."
Educators, school professionals, and role models! Join
us for a webinar designed by NAPE and Vermont Works for Women to leverage the excitement
generated by the Women Can Do Conference and other student engagement events across
the country to encourage students to consider careers in the trades and STEM fields.
In this webinar, Dr. Meagan Pollock brings a national perspective, and Lynn Vera
from Vermont brings a state perspective. This webinar will empower participants
to effectively communicate to students the breadth of opportunities and pathways
in STEM careers through the use of NAPE's STEM Career Toolkit. In addition, practical
and effective statewide and local strategies from Vermont will be presented as examples
of ways to encourage young women and girls to consider and pursue rewarding careers
in high-wage, high-demand technology and trade careers.
The objectives are to
- Learn from a national and a local expert about strategies to engage students to
pursue careers in STEM and trades careers after they have attended a targeted student
- Learn how to use the items in the NAPE STEM Career toolkit in your job.
- Increase your awareness of the most effective messaging for STEM careers, and improve
your understanding of the breadth of opportunities and pathways to STEM careers
(spanning certifications to graduate level training).
Meagan Pollock, PhD, is NAPE's Director of Professional Development. Before
turning her focus on the intersection of education and equity, Meagan worked as
an engineer for Texas Instruments. Meagan holds a PhD in engineering education from
Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and
a BS in computer science from Texas Woman's University.
Lynn Vera has lived in the Burlington, VT, area for more than 40 years.
Lynn has worked as a carpenter and construction laborer, taught in secondary public
school education, special education, and adult education, and worked as a Gender
Equity Specialist in Technical Education. Currently she is a school counselor at
the Center for Technology, Essex, where students prepare for work in allied health,
mechanical and construction trades, human services, culinary arts, digital design
and multimedia, and many technical areas. She is active in statewide and national
efforts/organizations that support diversity and respect in schools and the workplace
and encourage training for women in "nontraditional' areas.
Created for counselors, the NAPE STEM Career Toolkit is designed to effectively reach
and encourage every student to consider a future career in STEM. The toolkit provides
an overview of STEM careers, introduces positive language for talking with students,
and connects the effective messaging with tools, activities, and resources.
The NAPE STEM Career toolkit includes (1) One Exploring STEM Careers Booklet that
describes the research, rationale, and purpose of the toolkit; (2) Four interactive
career exploration activities for student engagement with explicit lesson plans
for implementation; (3) Resources and tools for recruitment of girls; and (4) Flyer
for a student resource webpage.
The toolkit activities are designed for middle school to high school students, but
the messaging about STEM careers is useful for anyone interested in learning more
about these careers. No level of experience with the topic is required.
Women Can Do! is a full-day conference for high school girls, which
features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in
the skilled trades and STEM fields. This year, the event took place on October 16,
more than 500 girls and 100 chaperones attending. Learn more at Women Can Do Conference and Vermont Works for Women.