Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day held at UMass Amherst

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A day-long workshop took place on Monday at UMass, focused on encouraging younger students interested in engineering.

More than 300 students from local schools got the chance to learn more about the ins and outs of the engineering industry. UMass Amherst held its Women in Engineering and Computing career day.

Students in grades 9 through 12 from 26 western Massachusetts schools participated in workshops to help get them interested in careers in engineering and computer science. The day-long event was meant to help break the stigma that these fields may be too hard, and give them a better understanding of what you can do in these careers.

Students learned about computer programming, bioengineering, and manufacturing.

“Both engineering and computing are degrees that can really change the world so we are really trying to provide them with role models that they can see themselves in and see themselves being that person in a few years,” said Paula Rees, of the College of Engineering at UMass.

Professionals from engineering businesses were on hand to answer questions about what they do in the field, like Pratt and Whitney.

Monday’s event really focused on helping students think about what they want to do after graduating high school — no matter what career path they chose.

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