STEM to Stern
The second annual STEM career exploration networking program brought to campus students from three area high schools, giving them a chance to learn about career options in several different fields.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, areas that educators here and across the U.S. have as of late put an increased focus on. The exploration program was part of that effort, said Sheila Sullivan-Jardim, executive director of the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, a non-profit organization that brokers education and training programs throughout a ten-town region in southeastern Massachusetts.
“This event was created especially for young people to expose them to a variety of careers, especially in the high-demand sectors covered by STEM,” she said.
Sixty three students from the high schools in Brockton and Stoughton, along with Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, participated in the program. They began the day meeting in small groups with area business people and BSU faculty members to talk about career options in the STEM fields. Afterward, they toured the university’s new Mathematics and Science Building and met with BSU students and faculty.
Ms. Sullivan-Jardim, who delivered the keynote address in the Rondileau Campus Center ballroom, and whose son is a senior at BSU majoring in mathematics, said, “Bridgewater State has been a great partner in the effort to help inform and educate high school students about a range of career opportunities, including starting their own businesses.”
Dr. Arthur Goldstein, dean of the college of mathematics and science, also spoke at the event, as did David Price, associate dean of BSU’s aviation science program.
Other participants included Dr. Peg LeGrendrem K-12 coordinator of the Cambridge Science Festival and Science on the Street; Paul Souza, senior forensic analyst with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Laura Sebastyn, director of operations for COMPASS Medical; and Diane Ferrera, director of human resources for AccuRounds in Avon. The event was sponsored by the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board and BSU. (Story and photos by David K. Wilson, ’71, Office of University Advancement)