BAE Systems’ celebrated the graduation of 18 female high school students who participated in the company’s Women in Technology (WiT) program in New Hampshire this year.
Members of New Hampshire’s delegation attended the ceremony to congratulate the students and give praise to the mentors who have given their time to the WiT Program. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Anne Kuster visited with the students, their parents, school administrators and BAE Systems employee mentors.
“We need you engaged in the leadership of this country,” said Senator Ayotte. “Your voices matter and your background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a great background for leadership as well.”
“Our future lies in innovation,” said Senator Shaheen, encouraging students to continue pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “Currently women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce but only 24% of STEM careers.”
Now in its 18th year, the WiT program gives young women the opportunity to experience their STEM interests and abilities hands on. The students are selected from local area high schools to be mentored by BAE Systems employees in a variety of engineering disciplines. The program currently operates across southern New Hampshire and in Manassas, Va., with the possibility of launching in Greenlawn, N.Y. in 2013.