Take a moment to think about what you were doing in seventh grade.
For students in Frederick County Public Schools, they’re exploring career options in Frederick Community College’s Annual Future Link STEM Career Conference.
“I learned that there’s many places where you can go and where you can use STEM…,” said student Sam Errett.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math education. Frederick Community College has partnered with the school for nine years to introduce these critical career paths.
“I think it’s really important that we get the students as early as seventh-graders so, they are making their career decisions and they can know what opportunities are out there. We have a lot of female presenters this year, which is nice to see females that are scientists,” said Frederick Community College Admissions Director Lisa Freel.
Speakers like Lisa Alban, the project manager at Warner Construction, spoke about their experiences.
“It’s just really fun to show them what I’ve done and how they can achieve the same sorts of goals and dreams using math and science to get there,” Alban said.
“You can hear from your teacher about, ‘Oh, you should do this or there’s this career and that career,’ but having a professional that does that and has the stories to tell about that is very powerful,” said Kim Day, STEM coordinator for Frederick County Public Schools.
School leaders said there’s a positive job outlook for STEM careers in the next few years.