Gone are the days of boys-only science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes. Canyons District is going the extra mile to make sure young women are exposed to fields that traditionally have been dominated by men — and encouraging them to take classes that would open doors to those careers.
One of the events in this effort was the "You Go, Girls — No Limits!" career fair, which featured a keynote address by a professor of management from the Utah Valley University Woodbury School of Management. Dr. Susan Madsen, who also is the director of the Utah Women and Education Project for Utah, spoke about the importance and benefits of education for women.
A select group of 200 eighth-grade girls from all eight Canyons District middle schools participated in the event, which was held in the fall. Organizers in CSD's Career and Technical Education Department have planned the event for two years and plan to do it again next fall.
Other speakers at the career fair, held in the Professional Development Center of the Canyons Support Services Center, included Sara Jones, a chemical engineer, patent attorney and CEO and co-founder of KoDefy, an organization that helps women connect with high-tech jobs; Chiao-ih Hui, an electrical engineer and product manager at Fusion-io; and Jeanette Haren, a software engineer and CEO of True North Logic. Each speaker told the students about the paths they took in their journeys to educational attainment and professional achievements.