Nine Young Women Now College Engineering Majors After Completing Cor Jesu Academy’s Summer Engineering Experience

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2016 Program Starts June 6 With 16 New Juniors and Seniors

A partnership between Cor Jesu Academy and local corporate partners that provides real world experiences in a variety of engineering disciplines to high school girls will start its third annual session on June 6 after leading nine previous participants to major in engineering in college.  Called the Summer Engineering Experience (S.E.E.), this week-long learning adventure enables rising junior and seniors to work side-by-side with engineers from each hosting corporation in a hands-on immersion that encourages and promotes awareness of career opportunities in the field of engineering.  The 2016 edition of S.E.E. will include 16 Cor Jesu Academy students and participation from Watlow, Hastings + Chivetta, Monsanto, Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc., Aschinger Electric and S. M. Wilson & Co.

“It is extremely important to get more women employed the engineering field because of the exceptional opportunities that await them,” said Melissa Lanham of Watlow, a founding sponsor of S.E.E.  “The success of this program speaks to the potential that women see in this traditionally male-dominated field once they get exposed to it.”

Watlow helped design the S.E.E. program and also established a scholarship which covers one participating student’s senior year tuition at Cor Jesu Academy as well as a paid internship for the summer after graduation.  Previous S.E.E. corporate partners include Peabody Energy, M3 Engineering Group, Access Engineering, DJM Ecological, Ameren and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

“The continuing shortage of women professional engineers creates a tremendous career opportunity for our students,” said Sr. Barbara Thomas, ACSJ, President of Cor Jesu Academy.  “This program provides participants the opportunity to put into action the things they have been learning in their STEM-related classes during the school year.  Through quality partnerships with these corporations, we are making engineering relevant to our students’ lives and empowering them to live out the Cor Jesu mission of transforming the world of their future.”

S.E.E. is part of Cor Jesu Academy’s Corporate Partners Initiative, which was launched in 2013 to take learning outside the confines of the classroom and expand the meaning and scope of college preparatory.  The Corporate Partners Initiative also includes engineering scholarships, internship opportunities, academic program support and professional job shadowing for Cor Jesu students.

For more information on the S. E. E. program, the Corporate Partners Initiative and Cor Jesu, visit www.corjesu.org/stem .

Cor Jesu Academy is a leading Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women founded in 1956 and operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Students from 61 zip codes across the St. Louis metropolitan area currently attend the school and come from 106 different Catholic, public, private and home schooling learning environments.

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