AMTEC, an NSF-ATE Center of Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing and the KCTCS-Office for Professional Development and Innovation welcomed college participants from Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Georgetown, Kentucky to their first workshop led by the National Institute for Women, in Trades, Technology and Science in learning to attract and retain more women in STEM Careers. The 2 day event, held at the KCTCS Systems Office in Versailles, KY was titled “Learn How to Get More Women in the Picture”. AMTEC Executive Director, Danine Alderete-Tomlin opened the workshop by focusing on students and introduced two successful Somerset Community and Technical College students, Amy Caudill-graduate 2011 and Amanda Saam-pending 2015 graduate from the AAS-Industrial Maintenance Technology Degree Program. Amy, 23, described her journey from high school through Somerset CTC into her career at Toyota Motor Manufacturing where she is now a newly promoted Maintenance Team Lead in Body Weld. Amanda, described her journey as a full time student and single mother to forging a new future for herself and her teenage daughter. It was apparent, that both ladies were highly appreciative of their college experience and would not be where they are without the assistance of everyone at Somerset Community and Technical College.
Ms. Ede Slovin, IWITTS National Speaker, shared her center’s research and personal experience on effective recruitment and retention from proven practices throughout the United States. Workshop participants all received a binder of presentation materials and worked in teams to develop strategies for their own college sites. An added benefit to this workshop was having Toyota Motor Manufacturing leadership and AMTEC Strategy Board Member, Keith Davis, TEMA TPC Manager of Team Member Development and Jack Lewis, Toyota AMT, share their current experiences in recruiting talent and encouraging students in STEM for all age groups.
KCTCS Colleges were well represented at this event: Ashland CTC, Big Sandy CTC, Bluegrass CTC, Gateway CTC, Henderson, Jefferson CTC, Maysville CTC , Owensboro CTC, Somerset CTC, KCTCS-System Office
AMTEC is now a featured partner with IWITTS and will participate in their upcoming national telesummit on April 13-16 , “STEM Success for Women: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain More Women in STEM”