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Locals engineer an opportunity with Minister to share support for women in STEM

May 05, 2017

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said it was thanks to local action that young women working and studying in STEM fields were able to share their stories directly with Minister for Vocational Education and Skills the Hon Karen Andrews on Tuesday 2 May.

Minister Andrews attended a breakfast at the Sustainable Activity Centre in Wodonga where an all-female “Community of Practice” to support women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) was launched.

Ms McGowan congratulated North East Local Learning & Employment Network (NELLEN) and COMPACT Albury Inc for working with her office to reach out to Minister Andrews.

“This is an inspiring example of local women being effective and supporting other women in their chosen field. Thanks to their action, the Minister was able to see first-hand the innovative work being done in vocational education and training in North East Victoria,” Ms McGowan said.

Present at the breakfast will be Rutherglen student Emma Gaston who was recently selected by the Australian National University to attend the London International Youth Science Forum. Ms Gaston wishes to pursue a career in neuroscience.

“I am sure that the Minister, with her background in engineering, will be inspired by this initiative to support young women like Emma to succeed in their chosen field,” Ms McGowan said.

Minister Andrews will also visit the Trade Training Centre at Wodonga Senior Secondary College, the Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre, Belvoir Special School, the VCAL program at Wodonga TAFE, and a roundtable lunch to discuss regional employment pathways and services available to young people.

“We have many wonderful resources on the border, with two TAFEs, two universities, over sixteen secondary schools, numerous businesses requiring apprentices and trainees. I’m looking forward to exploring with the Minister how they can all benefit from vocational pathways,” Ms McGowan said.

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