Join education and business leaders from across the country to address access to STEM-related career paths through CTE, and why it’s important for all students, especially for women who are still underrepresented in STEM fields.

Saturday, December 9, 12:15-5:15 p.m.


CTE classrooms offer hands-on learning environments that bring sciencetechnologyengineering and mathematics (STEM) to life, apply core academics to real-world situations and provide creative problem-solving skills to our nation’s most pressing issues. Together, STEM and CTE expand opportunities for youth to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery, technological innovation and high-paying, high-demand careers.

This outstanding event, so popular in 2016 that we're bringing it back to VISION this year, brings together education and business leaders from across the country to address access to STEM-related career paths through CTE programming for all students, especially for women who are still underrepresented in STEM fields. According to the Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey, women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but just 24 percent of workers in STEM fields. Half as many women work in STEM jobs as would be expected if gender representation in STEM professions mirrored the overall workforce. And, females hold only four percent of trade jobs in the U.S. leaving a gap in innovation and skills.

Women's Quick Facts   The National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ generously donated 350 books, Women’s Quick Facts: Compelling Data on Why Women Matter that will be given to the first 350 Y STEM Symposium registrants. 

Women’s Quick Facts is the indispensable resource on the status and contribution of women. The only resource of its kind, it is a book that will be highly sought after for multiple uses, both in the US and globally. It is unique with more than 310 sources and resources cited. It is about the game changers-organizations, media entities, businesses, resource institutions, and women’s associations, all driving towards progress.

Full VISION 2017 registrants can attend this event for only $95. 
This event is also available for one day purchase - Saturday only for $195. 




STEM Opening Session & Lunch - 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Breakout Sessions 1 - 1:45 - 2:45 PM 
  • Women Who STEM
    U.S. Army
From firsthand experience to skills training options, STEM education is essential to the success of women and the US Army as a whole. Learn about the important STEM roles women are playing in the Army, the education provided to them, and their ability to then take those skills and apply them as civilians. During this interactive workshop, attendees will hear from female leaders in the Army on STEM career paths, misconceptions, resources and technology.
  • 20% Women by 2020
    Heather Gay, Maggie Whitman and Melysia Cha
Dunwoody College of Technology set a goal to reach a threshold of 20% women in their nontraditional career pathways. As of 2017, we have increased the concentration of women in CTE and STEM fields from 8% to 17% and are tracking to meet 20% early.
  • Engaging the Next Generation of Manufacturing
    Meghan West
An overview of the ever-widening skills gap, and a call-to-action for manufacturing industry leaders to make a shift in the way we excite and educate the next generation about our industry.
  • Pink Brains vs. Blue Brains: What Neuroscience Teaches Us About STEM
    Melissa Hughes
The focus of student achievement has extended beyond reading and math scores and toward a “learning by doing, making, building, and discovering” approach. Despite the fact that this resurgence in experiential learning is supported by recent brain-based research about cognition, problem-solving, and innovation, females are still under-represented in STEM-based programs and careers. This session explores neuroscientific findings about cognitive function, those factors which enhance or impede cognition, as well as the long-standing gender biases that have shaped the educational experiences provided to boys and girls in the classroom. Attendees will learn how to apply these findings in their instruction and engage all students in whole-brain STEM-based learning experiences. In addition to connecting neuroscience with sound pedagogy, participants will understand how to instill real-world critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills with an introduction to the VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Tools and STEM Fuse curriculum.
  • She Can Do It: Getting Women Into the Trades
    Kayleen McCabe
Kayleen will be discussing how to engage female millennials into the trades and how to retain the female employee.
Breakout Sessions 2 - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • The Engineering Pipeline: A Strategic Response to America’s STEM Shortage 
    Leon & Vickie Grant  
Are you looking for a systematic approach to K-12 engineering and STEM education? Join the dialog with Marietta City Schools Engineering Pipeline, a paradigm shift in K-12 engineering and STEM education. This award-winning, innovative program involves more than 1,000 K-12 students across elementary, middle, and high school students in real world, international engineering projects with the aid of post-secondary and industry mentors. This session will provide a blueprint for reaching and retaining more students in STEM fields.
  • Three Sessions TBD
STEM is CTE Symposium – Reception - 4:15 - 5:15 PM

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