Girls Day 2019

Girls Day

On June 20, 2019, female students from several middle schools in Montgomery County, Roanoke City, Floyd County, and other local schools will have the opportunity to learn about various career paths available through the Division of Operations at Virginia Tech.

After a successful program led by the Facilities Department in 2017, the vice president for operations expanded the program to increase the number of fields that students will experience.

Inspired by “Take Your Child to Work Day,” 130 rising 8th grade girls will have the opportunity to explore new career options in fields typically dominated by men. The group will get a sneak peek into careers in the following fields:

●      Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

●      Architecture and Construction

●      Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

●      Health Sciences

●      Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, tours, and demonstrations related to jobs in these fields, speak to women in these fields about their careers, and have their questions answered.

The ultimate goals of the event are to encourage girls to develop a strong basis in the STEM fields and to promote interest in these behind-the-scenes career fields. The age group of participants was selected at the recommendation of the local schools. Late middle school students are determining their high school course selections and engaging in discussions about potential career paths as part of their school curriculum.

According to a 2017 report from the United States Department of Commerce, only 24 percent of careers in STEM field are held by females, despite women holding nearly half of all jobs in the United States. By engaging young women in Southwest Virginia, the division hopes to express the importance and value of female participation in all fields of work.

  • Stay tuned for the 2019 agenda!