SCC Helps Teens Investigate Their Future

05/09/2018

West Burlington, IA - Southeastern Community College's (SCC) Investigate Your Future, an annual educational event for 8th grade girls, will take place on Tuesday, May 15, on the West Burlington campus. Hundreds of girls from school districts across southeast Iowa will attend.

Investigate Your Future provides interactive, hands-on sessions that introduce girls to STEM careers. Because females are considerably underrepresented in STEM careers, events like this specifically target girls to help reverse that trend.

SCC Work-Based Learning Specialist, Leanne Krogmeier, says participants learn what it takes to prepare for the workforce, including the education and technical skills required to land their dream job.

"This event allows these girls to meet and interact with professionals from a variety of careers," she says. "They get to take part in hands-on activities to give them an idea of what the jobs are like."

Research shows that students begin to identify with potential careers while they're in middle school, making 8th grade an ideal time to expose the students to future job opportunities.

Classes such as "The Truth About Veterinarians" and "From the Drawing Board to the Shelf," a session focused on computer and design, feature the practical and fun sides of careers that could seem intimidating without an introduction.

Krogmeier enjoys watching the students learn and grow at the annual event.

"I always look forward to seeing the girls discover career fields they may not have considered before."

For more information about Investigate Your Future, contact Leanne Krogmeier at (319) 208-5053 or lkrogemeier@scciowa.edu.

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