Women in Science

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“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls and women interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent that is not being encouraged.” 

President Barack Obama

The development of world-class talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical to America’s future. According to a White House report, “Supporting women STEM students and researchers is not only an essential part of America’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world; it is also important to women themselves. Women in STEM jobs earn 33% more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. And STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board.”

Mott Community College’s science programs under the direction of Johanna Brown, Dean of the MCC Science and Mathematics Division, and Dr. Amy Fugate, Vice President of Academic Affairs, has taken a supportive and nurturing attitude to encouraging success for all students.

Kim Rogers, who transferred to Kettering University after studying at MCC and is currently working at General Motors Flint Assembly, had some concerns when she began her education. “As a non-traditional student returning to the academic world, I was very nervous and anxious about how I would be received by my peers,” she recalled. “My classmates were very receptive. We all had similar interests and it was pretty much the same group of students together throughout my academic career at MCC. We all still remain close friends.”

“I was very apprehensive about my age and being foolish in thinking I could attend Kettering University and become an engineer,” Rogers said. “Through the relationships developed with my instructors at Mott College, I received constructive feedback and, most importantly, the encouragement that helped me to stay focused and to pursue my childhood dream.”

Her advice for others considering a career in science? “Try not to take on too much and try not to get behind. Stay focused and determined. Utilize your resources: your classmates are in it with you and your professors are there for you.”

MCC graduate Samantha Mason is working as a designer at the GM Tech Center in Warren. She found that MCC had properly prepared her for her career. “It’s still a male dominated field. There are five women out of 50 people in the group I work in, but I don’t have any problems. Being a woman is not a handicap.”

According to Mason, “I definitely don’t have a problem being a woman in the industry.”

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