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Getting Women into S.T.E.M. Fields

Vermont has been chosen to be a part of the STEM Equity Pipeline: a project aimed at increasing female participation in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
ESSEX, Vt. - Vermont has been chosen to be a part of the STEM Equity Pipeline: a project aimed at increasing female participation in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

"Ensuring that our female students are exposed to non-traditional career fields is a high priority," said Armando Vilaseca, the Secretary of Education.

The state chose four schools to be pilots for the project:

Barre Technical Center, Barre
Center for Technology, Essex
North Country Career Center, Newport
Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury

We spoke to the principal of the Center for Technology in Essex, Bob Travers. He says their STEM courses only have 8% female enrollment.

"Training in these fields will provide women with higher paying jobs," Travers said. "We believe it will change education and the workplace if we're successful."

Center for Technology has already implemented a gender-equity course, part of the reason why the school was chosen.

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