SUNY Canton Shows Engineering Fields to Middle School Girls

Students around a computer

ENGINEERING FUN - Two middle school-age students videoconference with their friends at SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day.

More than 300 girls from 14 different middle schools recently participated in SUNY Canton’s Women Engineering Day hosted by the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

For the third year, Women in Engineering Day provided girls a hands-on look at the education and subsequent careers available through the college’s engineering technology and related programs.

“We really emphasize developing science and math skills in preparation for these curricula,” said David Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “The young women were all of exactly the right age to develop the interest necessary to consider a career-driven engineering technology program.”

The students learned about circuits in the Electrical Engineering Technology classroom and deployed video conference sessions in one of the Information Technology laboratories.

“Women in Engineering Day has widespread benefits for middle school-aged girls,” said Anne Latham, a SUNY Canton Admissions Counselor, who helps orchestrate the event. “It gives young women the chance to see what’s out there in the engineering disciplines, which are mostly considered non-traditional fields for females.”

Fun was a key component in the day’s activities, according to Latham. “There were a lot of smiles,” she said.

Typically, students in Canino School of Engineering Technology programs begin receiving multiple job offers even before they graduate.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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