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NABWIC, IYAI, and DDOT Co-Host 10 Annual S.T.E.M.-based Career Day at Cardozo High School TransSTEM

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NABWIC, IYAI, and DDOT Co-Host 10 Annual  S.T.E.M.-based Career Day at Cardozo High School TransSTEM Academy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 14, 2019 – Students in a D.C. school’s STEM program will have the opportunity to see where their education can take them as they attend a career day with dozens of industry leaders.

Representatives from the National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC), along with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT,) and Introducing Youth to American

Infrastructure+ (IYAI+) will be joined by 50+ professionals from the private and public sectors and government, Tuesday,  May 14, to host the 10th Annual Industry Day at Cardozo Education Campus’ TransSTEM Academy in Washington, D.C.

 

A District of Columbia Public School, Cardozo Education Campus is located at         1200 Clifton St. N.W.  The TransSTEM Academy has been dedicated to preparing its graduates for careers in transportation-related industries for 27 years.  TransSTEM Academy was established in 1991 as the first transportation studies academy in the Washington metropolitan area.  Its mission is to expose a select group of students at Cardozo to transportation, aviation, engineering and technology disciplines.  More than 800 students have graduated since its opening, and over 85 percent of our graduates are admitted to post-secondary institutions. 

 

Industry Day 2019, a collaboration between NABWIC, IYAI, and DDOT and hosted at the TransSTEM Academy, is dedicated to building the transportation workforce pipeline.  This year’s theme is “Building the 21st Century STEM Workforce Pipeline.

“Industry Day differs from a traditional career fair by offering information through small seminars, rather than by exhibits or booths,” said NABWIC Founder and CEO, Ann McNeill. “Many of the students attending Industry Day are preparing for the future. The interaction between volunteers and students is a valuable exchange in sparking the passion and interest these young adults will need as they prepare for the world of work.  Moreover, we believe that this event will create a platform for blending resources and increasing collaboration and support among the various industry participants.”

The daylong career day features a series of presentations that center on transportation, aviation, construction, engineering, and technology that augments the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – S.T.E.M. – programs. Approximately 50 employees from the companies that comprise the TransSTEM Academy’s Industry Partners Consortium, and attendees from many other organizations participate in Industry Day.  Throughout the day volunteers talk to the students about career opportunities within the transportation, aviation and construction industries, especially careers that require advanced education in engineering or technology.

 

Industry Day aims to give students exposure to careers they may have considered, as well as introduce them to career choices currently not on their radar. It also shows the connection between school and real work life by demonstrating how presenters used their education to achieve their goals. But most of all, it provides students role models and an opportunity to interact with professionals.

Volunteers speak informally with students about their occupation, educational background, earning capacities, technology advancements and innovation, 21st century career options and the viability of these career opportunities in the Washington metropolitan area.  The day also includes a tour of the TransSTEM Academy to showcase student demonstrations and the only Flex-ACE Lab in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

“Industry Day is a wonderful opportunity to provide our students with advance learning opportunities and role models,” said Shirley McCall, Founder and former Director of TransTech, now TransSTEM Academy.  “We seek to enhance workforce development and to increase the number of our graduates – especially young women – in the fields of transportation, aviation, construction and engineering.”