Celebrating its 20th year: Grant Wood AEA's Open Minds, Open Doors Conference Planned for Oct. 13

Extra: Grant Wood Area Education Agency - http://www.gwaea.org/

2016-10-11 09:27:09 - General

Special from Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Grant Wood Area Education Agency will host the Open Minds, Open Doors Conference for middle school girls on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This half-day event will be held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

In all, 537 girls in 7th-8th grades representing 34 schools will participate in a conference to learn about career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). During their day, they will visit with some of the 100 professional women working in STEM-related careers who are volunteering during the event to present workshops and staff exhibits.

"Open Minds, Open Doors is a great opportunity for young girls to begin to visualize themselves in STEM careers, and to also see the progression toward reaching that goal," said Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist. "It is also a fantastic opportunity for employers in and around Cedar Rapids to touch the future of their potential workforce."

Grant Wood AEA's Open Minds, Open Doors Conference originated in 1996 as an initiative of the Cedar Rapids Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) with support from Coe College.

Grant Wood AEA provides educational services for 32 public school districts, 17 state accredited non-public schools, and seven independent accredited non-public schools in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties.