Workshop focuses on STEM careers

A weeklong workshop is focused on getting young girls interested in STEM careers.

The YWCA of Youngstown, the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and OH WOW! Children’s Center have teamed up to host the pilot program called the Summer Manufacturing Institute.

Students in fourth through sixth grade are traveling to different companies in the area. On Monday, they visited VEC in Girard to learn about manufacturing and safety.

“When you are a young student, you don’t always know about all the different types of career options that are available to you,” said Gina Pastella, director of strategic engagement at VEC. “I think it’s important that they can see what’s important so they can see what’s in their backyard and they can plan for the future and plan for the education in the future.”

The program aims to educate women in non-traditional careers.

“We try to be really active and involved in the community in a variety of different ways and we just think its really important to reach out to young people so they are aware of the different types of careers they can have here in the Mahoning Valley and what the future may hold for them,” said Pastella.

Besides the tour, students will take theory classes about manufacturing careers and take part in design challenges.

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