Keep trying until you’ve found your passion and don’t feel limited by your gender.
Those were two of the main messages on Friday, June 12, when Bristol Community College hosted the Women in STEM Panel before a packed auditorium of 100 high school students at the Siegel Health & Technology Building.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and a panel of six accomplished women imparted their experiences and insights in both the academic and employment worlds. The majority of the audience was female. Schools represented included Durfee, Apponequet, Bristol-Plymouth and Global Charter of New Bedford.
“Based on what I saw today I feel empowered,” says Jandlyn Bentley, a BCC graduate who will be studying Aerospace Engineering this fall in Florida. “It was nice to see these women with different backgrounds achieving success.”
Jessica Scrimger, a junior at Apponequet Regional High School, attended the forum.
“Now I know that I can take a STEM path,” she said afterwards. “Hearing these women who’ve been in the real world with their different career paths gives me motivation. These women weren’t all super stars, but they made something of themselves. It opened my eyes.”
Photo Courtesy Bristol Community College