DEARBORN, MI—SME, in partnership with Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., will host a female student program at the Mfg4 event in Hartford Conn., on Thursday, May 8. The “Making it Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit” will tap into today’s female manufacturing leaders to inspire the next generation of leadership and talent.

Launched in December 2010 by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. is part of a nationwide career awareness and recruitment program focused on creating a positive image of 21st century manufacturing. 

“Manufacturing is facing a skills gap, and part of that is the underrepresentation of women in the industry,” said Susan Palisano, CCAT’s director of Education & Workforce Development.  “Sparking interest in future careers among girls is a priority to assure that the region’s manufacturers can attract, retain and advance women in skilled positions.”

This portion of the Mfg4 student program will provide more than 130 middle and high school girls from Connecticut with information about career and educational pathways in manufacturing, and experiential activities that will showcase today’s manufacturing workplace. Female leaders and practitioners from the field will discuss opportunities in manufacturing and the skills needed to be successful. An educator workshop on preparing the 21st century STEM workforce will also be held. The event’s keynote presentation will be delivered by Jennifer McNelly, President of The Manufacturing Institute in Washington, DC.

“A girls program dedicated to highlighting the importance of manufacturing is an essential piece to workforce development,” said Jeannine Kunz, managing director of workforce and education for SME. “The Girls & Manufacturing Summit is a great place for female students to speak to key leaders in manufacturing and better understand the exciting career opportunities available to them.”

The Girls & Manufacturing Summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on May 8 at the Mfg4 event at the Connecticut Convention Center. The full student program will run for three days, with the middle school portion on May 6 and the high school day on May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

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