16th Annual Women and Work Conference set March 9 at ISU Pond Student Union

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Center for New Directions will hold its 16th annual Women and Work Conference on March 9 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union.

Each year, more than 225 girls in grades nine through 12 from regional high schools, ISU students, and community members attend the conference where they learn about occupations in science, technology, engineering and math. These careers can provide a livable income, employment benefits and a career ladder that can move women from a minimum wage job into a successful career they can enjoy.

This year’s keynote speaker is Shannon Kobs Nawotniak who is a volcanologist in the ISU Department of Geosciences.

Participants will attend workshops on a variety of topics, including, “How Two Girls Ran a Mine—the RIGHT Way!”, “Nursing: It’s More Than a Cute Hat,” “Come Be Part of a Nuclear Chain Reaction” and “Health Occupations.”

The girls will experience hands-on career exploration sessions as they tour ISU programs. A dynamic finale during each conference is the career showcase presenting women in their occupational attire. Participants leave inspired to consider the widest range of career paths. Several young women have returned to the Center for New Directions to enroll in a career path they discovered while attending a previous conference.

For more information contact the Center for New Directions at 208-282-2454 or visit the website at www.isu.edu/cnd for information.