Leaders at Vermont Technical College hope a new partnership and initiative, will lead more women towards careers in STEM.

Vermont Tech announced Wednesday, it has partnered with Vermont Works for Women.  The organizations have set a multi-year goal of increasing enrollment in fields including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Information Technology, and Construction Management.  Three historically male-dominated careers.

“From our perspective, workforce development is a huge challenge.  Access to workforce is a huge economic obstacle in the state of Vermont.  as long as women are under represented in these fields and in these programs, we’re leaving half the talent on the table.  If we can focus on gender equity and increase those numbers, we can help support the economy of the state of Vermont,” said VTC President Dan Smith.

Vermont Tech has set a goal of increasing female enrollment in five different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.  They hope to see those enrollment numbers increase from 10 percent to 25 percent over the next three years.  They hope to do that through recruitment, retention, and career placement.