Event aims to close STEMM employment gap among women


PIQUA – According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women filled 47 percent of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but held only 24 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs.

Likewise, women constitute slightly more than half of college-educated workers but makeup only 25 percent of college-educated STEM workers.

On Dec. 7, Edison State Community College will host the 13th annual Women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) Expo. The daylong program is designed to help boost interest in STEMM career fields among young women in grades 8-12.

“The STEMM Expo is a great way to enable young women to explore different career paths and help to connect them with inspiring women who are currently working in STEMM careers,” said Sandra Streitenberger, associate professor of accounting and business and Women in STEMM Expo coordinator.

Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of STEMM careers through hands-on learning with industry professionals. Past events have included sessions ranging from medical laboratory diagnostics and information technology to engineering and animal science.

For more information about the event, visit www.edisonohio.edu/STEMMor contact Sandra Streitenberger at sstreitenberger@edisonohio.edu.