Merced Educators Ready to Motivate Students Toward STEM Careers
Educators from Merced County gathered at the Merced County Office of Education last fall for a Professional Development training on The STE@M™ Mentoring Program. Once trained, facilitators (professionals, teachers, counselors, etc.) will help young women understand that what they study determines their work/career choices as adults.
The program highlights high demand STEM careers that allow for financial independence and fulfilling lives.
As a bonus, educators are helping to fill the STEM pipeline by increasing the number of women and diversity in the STEM workforce.
One educator wrote, “As educators we have so little extra time to plan such great programs. Thank you for doing the leg work and sharing! I cannot wait to inspire the young women at my school.”
Rosanna Ayers, Science/STEM Coordinator at Merced County Office of Education, hosted the training. Ayers commented, “Merced County Educators are phenomenal professionals who create opportunities for our youth to explore their world through STEAM.”
Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator for the Central Valley/Motherlode Region, Alese Campbell, who represents the Business and Entrepreneurship Sector for the California Community Colleges, sponsored the STE@M™ Mentoring Program training.
Campbell explained to the group that the California Community Colleges are intent on building a Strong Workforce. “This program helps explore the entrepreneurial mindset and opens doors to the Guided Pathways that lead to ‘in-demand’ careers, including entrepreneurship,” she said.
Also participating in the training was Alysia Giffin, founding member and immediate Past - President of Soroptimists of Lincoln. Giffin is bringing the Program to “S Club” members at Lincoln High School because the program fits the Soroptimists mission: “To improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.”
The award-winning STE@M™ Mentoring Program is based on “Playbook for Teens,” a book co-authored by Program creator, Cari Lyn Vinci. In the last year, multiple trainings have been held for educators and youth group leaders in Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Mt. Shasta,
Stockton and Fresno.