ETM Introduces Young Women to the Engineering Industry
March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a day celebrated around the world recognizing the great achievements made by women. Throughout history, the contribution of women pioneers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine has deeply impacted our communities and our societies.
ETM knows first-hand the importance of introducing young women to our industry, as ETM has over 30 young female professionals. We understand that our nation’s future success depends on the constant supply of well-educated talent and that one of the biggest challenges in fostering that talent is helping students gain insight into the engineering and development industry. And for these efforts to be truly successful, collaboration within our industry, and among educators and families, is essential.
That’s why STEM partnerships are a key factor in ETM’s strong community relationships. In fact, our employees actively seek opportunities to expose young women to the fields of engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, and construction management. Early exposure empowers them to take the necessary math and science prerequisites in high school so that they are better prepared to declare a STEM major once they enter college.
“Civil Engineering as a profession is so hard to explain,” said Juanitta Clem, Executive Vice President at ETM. “How can young women be expected to make civil engineering a career choice if they don't know the opportunities out there?”
In typical years, ETM’s professional women have made a strong showing at local events targeted at young women, hoping to help pique their curiosity. Volunteering annually at local events such as Expanding Your Horizons and American Heart Association's STEM Goes Red, they hope to inspire participants to become innovative and creative thinkers and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields often dominated by men.
This year, due to the scope, speed, and depth of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, safety protocols within our educational and corporate institutions impacted many of these opportunities. As we have recently developed a relationship with Highland's Middle School, we look forward to creating a broad STEM initiative for their 2021-2022 school year. Additionally, ETM continues to support our employees as they look for new and innovative ways to introduce young women to the many opportunities available in our industry.