Despite a shortage of trained workers and an abundance of well-paying jobs, women continue to be under-represented in careers in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. To bridge the gap, St. Petersburg College will host a special four-week summer program to bring “Women 2 Stem.” Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. Clearwater.
During the sessions, participants will be mentored by mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and technologists – all women with real-world experience in their fields.
During this empowerment program, participants will attend a series of career exploration activities to gain a better understanding about careers in STEM. Seminars will also be offered on time and finance management, life and student skills.
“Both engineering and mathematics have allowed me to creatively expand the multiple dimensions of who I am, while at the same time explore the world around me,” said Mathematics Academic Chair Dr. Joy Moore, who will lead one of the sessions.
As a Princeton University graduate, Moore was an integral part of the team that developed photovoltaic technology (solar cells) at ARCO Solar/Siemens Solar, Inc. in Los Angeles. After becoming the first African American woman on the research team, she realized her gift for teaching and explaining mathematics. After earning advanced math and education degrees, she has spent the past 20 years teaching, traveling across the United States, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Gambia and South Africa.
Lunch will be provided. For more information contact Marcia Martinez at (727) 791-5951.