Girls to explore science and math careers Oct. 18

On Oct. 18, TRiO Pre-College Programs (Talent Search and Upward Bound) and the Lewis County Branch of the American Association of University Women will co-host the 21st annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Centralia College.

The event provides career exploration in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women in grades 6-9 using interactive, fun experiences.

Participants will begin the day at 8:30 a.m. with an exciting science-related assembly conducted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Students will then attend two of 17 different career workshops, while parents learn about college planning and financing from the Washington Student Achievement Council and Centralia College Financial Aid.

A record-shattering 363 students and108 parents are pre-registered to attend.

Centralia College would like to give special recognition and thanks to the following faculty and staff who are presenting workshops at this year’s conference: Dr. Ruby Nagelkerke, Karen Goodwin, Cal Taylor, David Peterson, and Tracy Dahl.

Thanks are also extended to Emily Harvey and Renae Z’berg for assisting in the science labs, Tony Petzold for technical assistance in the theatre, Jim Goddard for opening buildings, and the many others who have a hand in making this program successful.

The first Expanding Your Horizons Conference was held in 1976 at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.  Since that time, EYH Conferences have been held in cities across the country.  More than one million young women have attended, participated in, and enjoyed learning about possibilities of careers in math and science fields.  In Washington, conferences will be held in 13 locations this year.

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