SCC Press Release

Eighth Grade Girls to Investigate Their Future at SCC Event on May 17

Southeastern Community College’s “Investigate Your Future,” an annual educational event for 8th grade girls will take place on Friday, May 17 on the West Burlington campus. Over 200 girls from school districts across Southeast Iowa will attend. “Investigate Your Future” will provide interactive, hands-on sessions that expose girls to a careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The girls will be able to choose the sessions of interest to them.

SCC Investigate Your Future Coordinator Pat Bensmiller explains that the sessions will help girls better understand career options and the education they will need to prepare for the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

"This is part of a larger initiative to encourage students to follow careers in STEM subjects. With so many career choices available today, it can be a challenge to attract students. The US is experiencing a shortage of professionals in these vital careers.”

Bensmiller continues that females are considerably underrepresented in STEM other male-dominated careers. Events like this that specifically targets young girls can help reverse that trend.

“Research shows that students begin to identify possible careers they might want to pursue while they’re in middle school. We need to get to them now.”

This year’s event is sponsored by Case New Holland, Hearth and Home Technologies, and SCC.

With titles like “Wild and Crazy Chemistry,” “It’s all in the genes,” “Robotics: It’s Not Just Science Fiction,” sessions feature the practical, fun sides of what are perceived as complicated technical careers. Many of the sessions are facilitated by female professionals.

Bensmiller points out, “girls need to be exposed to non-traditional careers by learning, doing, and creating so they can see what exciting opportunities there are for them.”

For more information about Investigate Your Future, contact Pat Bensmiller at 319-208-5047 or

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