Students from six area high schools attended a workshop held on campus entitled, “STEM Career Exploration” where they had the opportunity to meet and talk with professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to learn about opportunities in those fields.
As part of the day's activities participants had a chance to tour BSU's new $98.5 million dollar science building.
“This is a networking and discussion event to give you the chance to ask questions of people with real experience in these high-demand occupations,” said Sheila Sullivan-Jardim, executive of BAWB, a business-led, policy-setting board that oversees workforce development initiatives in the ten-community region in this area of the state.
Greetings were delivered to the group by Fred Clark, executive vice president of BSU and vice president for external relations, who told the attendees, “If you earn a degree in one of these (STEM) fields, the odds are you’re going to be able to select the job you want from among a number of choices. I meet regularly with business leaders in this part of the state and I know what a great demand there is for graduates with their skills.”
Dr. Arthur Goldstein, dean of the college of mathematics and science at BSU, was the keynote speaker for the event.
Those attending the workshop came from Goddard Alternative High School and the Keith Alternative High School, both from in Brockton; the North River Collaborative; Southeastern Regional Vocational High School; and Whitman Hanson Regional High School.
The event, held in Burnell Hall, was sponsored by the university in cooperation with Youth Works Career Center and the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board. (Story and photos by David K. Wilson, '71, University Advancement)