RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation teamed up with Women’s Transportation Seminar Tuesday to host the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering program for 30 Triangle area sophomore, junior and senior high school girls interested in engineering or STEM.
During Tuesday’s event, NCDOT engineers shared their daily duties and skills necessary for their jobs, while also encouraging young women to maintain their math and science skills, which are necessary to enter programs in college. Students were introduced to the industry by taking part in fun, hands-on activities and getting career advice from females currently working in the field.
Program speakers included NCDOT Transportation Engineer Nastasha Young, N.C. State University Director of Women in Engineering Dr. Laura J. Bottomley, and Women's Transportation Seminar NC Triangle Chapter representatives Dena Snead and Paddy Jordan.
A recent report from the National Science Foundation shows nearly 6.4 million Americans were employed in science and engineering jobs in 2015, but only 1.8 million were women.
Through these programs, NCDOT and Women’s Transportation Seminar seek to close the workforce gap in the transportation industry by promoting careers in engineering for women.
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