Pathways program encourages young women to explore STEM careers

May 14, 2014

Bridging the Gap, Digital Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), The Science of Wedding Photography, Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gigabytes: Classrooms of the 21st Century, the Science of Color in Cosmetics, and When you Can’t Breathe Nothing Else Matters are just a few of the 23 workshops being offered this year during the 18th annual program to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on Friday, May 16 at Penn State York. Pathways to Your Future: Exploring STEM Careers begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Seventh grade girls, their teachers, and some parents representing 28 schools (public, private, charter and cyber) will take part in this career awareness program. Almost 300 people (students, parents, teachers, and volunteers) will be participating in the free program.

Pathways to Your Future offers girls the opportunity to explore a variety of job related fields in the STEM fields. The program brings together young women and professional women and men from academia, medicine, government agencies, business and industry for a day of workshops and discussion. Participants can attend three workshops from a list of 23 covering a wide range of topics. The program also provides teachers with information to guide young women toward career opportunities in these fields. 

Pathways to Your Future:  Exploring STEM Careers is sponsored by Penn State York, Exelon Generation, York Traditions Bank, a Pullo Family Grant, and Haas Printing Co. Inc.

Schools participating in the program are: Agora Cyber Charter School, Catholic Homeschoolers of York, Central York Middle School, Christian School of York, Dallastown Middle School, Dover Intermediate School, E.H. Markle Intermediate (Southwestern), George A Smith Middle School  (Solanco School District), Hanover Middle School, Harrisburg Academy, Helen Thackston Charter School, New Hope Academy Charter School, Northeastern Middle School, Northern York County Middle School, Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, Red Lion Christian School, Red Lion Junior High, Shrewsbury Christian Academy, South Eastern Middle School East, Southern Middle School, Spring Grove Middle School, St. Theresa School, STEAM Academy (Arthur W. Ferguson School), Swift Middle School (Solanco School District), West York Middle School, York Catholic, York Home School Association Inc., and York Suburban Middle School

Visit the Pathways website at For more information on the May 16 program, contact Barbara Dennis at 717-771-4128 or

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Last Updated May 15, 2014