Almost 140,000 engineering jobs will be open for the next couple of years. That’s why many young women in the CSRA are getting a jump start on those careers.
Molly Davis is an eighth grader at North Augusta Middle. She said, “Most people think women aren’t capable, but they really are. They’re capable of doing anything a man can do.“
“There’s an underrepresentation of females across the United States, and so we’re trying to bridge that gap,“ explained Gladys Moore of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.
At USC Aiken’s Ruth Patrick Science Center at least 60 eighth grade girls from local middle schools participated in ‘Introducing Girls to Engineering.’
“It’s all about thinking about their future. What they want to be and then as they enter into high school choosing those classes that will give them the good foundation to go forward,“ said engineer Jane Carter.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions along with many volunteers who are professional engineers taught young ladies about what they do on a daily basis. The Society of Women Engineers says only 13% of engineers are women and this is something ladies at the event want to change.
Moore said, “Many girls think that they can’t do engineering, but they can.”
“If you really want something then you just like go for it,“ added Davis.
“As far as in the workplace, yes there are more male engineers but I didn’t see that as a problem. It’s working together as a team. It’s respecting people, communicating well with them, and they get to know you, you get to know them and you get the job done,“ said Carter.
There has been more than a 50% increase in women who earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering and computer science. With those degrees, ladies can pursue careers right here at home.
“I do hope that if there’s a spark that spark grows into a fire that spreads throughout the world because we are in demand of engineering and technology or STEM or STEAM,“ said Moore.
Carter said, “I think the CSRA is very lucky to have these high tech educational facilities coming here. At the same time, we have high tech jobs, good paying jobs and I think that’s great. You’re using the resources in the CSRA. You’re training the resources and the folks here, so they can have a better lifestyle and at the same time, for cyber, keeping us safer.“