KSU conference asks: How to advance women in STEM fields?

Kent State Trumbull in Warren hosted an annual career conference for gifted STEM students

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Kent State University at Trumbull and the Trumbull Career and Technical Center are making moves to get women in better jobs.

On Friday, they held their annual career conference, “The Road Not Taken: High Math, High Tech, High Wage, High Impact Career Conference for Trumbull County Young Women” on KSU Trumbull’s campus. The goal was to show young women high wage careers they may not normally be exposed to.

About 127 sophomore girls from 16 different school districts in Trumbull County gathered for the conference. Participants are ranked in the top 15 percent of their graduating class and take accelerated math and science courses.

The students were able to pick four careers from a list of 12 to explore. All of the sessions focused on career paths that may be underrepresented by women and require STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. The presenters were successful women in their fields.

Cara Detoro is the career development coordinator at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.

“They get to spend about an hour with each of those presenters, and those presenters have great hands-on activities so the students can learn about the career, and also get a little taste of it,” Detoro said.

The students also got a chance to network with professionals throughout the day.

The Kent State University at Trumbull Diversity in Action Council provided additional support.

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