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Record Number of Girls Attend ‘Women in Engineering Day’

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Eighteen middle schools from across the North Country sent nearly 400 girls to SUNY Canton recently to learn about exciting career opportunities available in engineering.

SUNY Canton and the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology hosted ‘Women in Engineering Day’ on Thursday, May 27, and experienced the highest attendance in the event’s five-year history.

Girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were welcomed to campus and enjoyed various activities and conversation that exposed them to careers in engineering. Workshop topics included alternative energy, physics, civil engineering, motorsports, computer information systems, air conditioning, electrical and mechanical engineering technology, and automotive technology.

“It’s critical for young women to experience engineering through hands-on activities, and begin understanding the benefits and rewards of pursuing a degree within the field,” said Dr. Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics. “We want students to walk away with a sense that engineering and related fields are exciting, fun and enjoyable, but most importantly, that young women are more than capable of being successful in them.”

Several members of SUNY Canton’s engineering faculty and staff, including Ononye, were on hand for instruction, demonstrations and experiments.

The program branched off a national initiative that encourages girls to consider pursuing degrees in engineering. The Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEP) coalition began its work in the early part of 2004 in hopes of increasing awareness and understanding of engineering and increase interest among young women in pursuing the field.

The initiative is led by a coalition of the country’s engineering associations and the American Association of Engineering Societies, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and WGBH Educational Foundation.

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SUNY Canton Shows Engineering Fields to Middle School Girls

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
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.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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