RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation recently received the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award for its Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day program. The Women’s Transportation Seminar North Carolina Triangle Chapter recognized NCDOT, with the distinction for demonstrated diversity and an innovative education program that encourages young women to consider engineering careers.
“It’s important to get more young women interested in science, technology, engineering and math” said Amy Simes, President of the WTS NC Triangle Chapter.” We are impressed with the way NCDOT gets young women involved and helps them understand career opportunities available through Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.”
Hundreds of girls from across the state have participated since the program began in 2004. Female engineers from NCDOT are paired with students for a series of hands on, collaborative activities throughout the day designed to get them excited about engineering and provide greater understanding of careers in that field.
“You can see the enthusiasm as the girls work together and use their science and math skills to solve problems.” said Judith Corley-Lay, NCDOT State Pavement Management Engineer. “It is truly inspiring to be a part of helping the girls see their full potential and helping shape our next generation of engineers.”
“I chose engineering because I wanted to leave my mark on the world, to help build something and to make an impact,” said Dominique Hollis, NCDOT Division 9 Staff Engineer. “When I work with the girls in our program I want them to learn from my story and see their own ability.”
Hear more from the engineers who make this program possible through this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkVe9Oobu4Q.
For more information about NCDOT’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day program, contact: Gail Herring at 919-707-4442 or via email at email@example.com.
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