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Mentoring, job shadowing and internships play pivotal roles in the STEM Pioneer Project. Offered by TCC’s Women’s Center, the program gives students a bird’s eye view of today’s hot careers, from environmental engineering to forensic science. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the project encourages community college women with interest in and aptitude for science, technology, engineering or mathematics to pursue high-demand careers in these fields. 

Recent student successes with STEM Pioneer Project include women like Jessica Henry, who earned her engineering degree, transferred to Georgia Tech and has begun an internship with HNTB Corp. in Atlanta. Cynthia Young, who graduated with an A.S. in computer science, completed an internship at Rockwell Collins in Idaho before transferring to Old Dominion University. Another TCC engineering alumnus, Christa Parren, turned her internship at Virginia Dominion Power into a paid position.

“The STEM Pioneer Project, in its fourth year, has touched hundreds of women’s lives, helping them see the tremendous opportunities at hand,” says Susan M. Fincke, project director. The project focuses on comprehensive career preparation, she notes