Three Southeast Ohio Colleges Host ‘We Are STEM’ Program

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Three thousand girls in grades seven through 10 from around Ohio are participating in a state-wide program today.

The program is called We Are STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Hocking College, Washington State Community College and Shawnee State University are among the 14 Ohio schools hosting the program.
We are STEM is designed for girls interested in traditionally male-dominated programs.
Pat Huston with the Ohio Department of Education says new federal reports show that STEM and IT careers are projected to be some of the fastest growing careers. "We want to reinforce that girls, number one, because these careers are primarily dominated by males, that girls can have these careers that can be good careers and there are going to be a lot of jobs in those areas," says Huston.
Huston says students will take tours, listen to speakers and engage in activities to learn more about career paths in these fields. "They'll do things like have a project and they'll have these girls help them do a hands-on on a project to show that these kind of careers can be fun and they are related to the real world," says Huston.
The Ohio IT Business Advisory Network is co-sponsoring the program with the Ohio Department of Education's Office of Career-Technical Education.