STEM Advantage endeavors to   
mentor, prepare and inspire   
young women and underserved communities 

NEWSLETTER | Fall 2015

     Save the Date!
 4th Annual STEM Advantage Fundraiser
 Saturday, April 30, 2016

For sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Carole Schlocker
Women in technology
The number of young women completing engineering and technology programs has dropped significantly in the past 30 years. As a result, women are generally underrepresented in technology-related jobs, especially in technical positions and at leadership levels. STEM Advantage provides internships, mentorships and scholarships to open doors and provide opportunities for women in technology. 

We are proud to profile a few STEM Advantage Scholars...
Edith (right) is earning a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Her mentor Carmella Cassatta is Vice President of IT at Hoag Hospital. Kiomanie (center) is earning a bachelor's degree in Computer Technology with a focus on Homeland Security. Her mentor Wendy Whitmore is Vice President, Crowdstrike Services. 
Edith and Kiomanie had internships at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Ashley is earning a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. She had an internship at Intuit this summer. Ashley is getting valuable advice and coaching from her mentor Christi Haley Stover, President of Platinum Resource Group. 
Shiniqua (second from left) is earning a master's degree in education with a focus on information technology. Shiniqua had an internship with Zaszou Business Services. Her mentor Kellie Nolan is an IT Director at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

To provide an internship or be a mentor, please contact Lee Ann Kline or Cindy McKenzie
STEM Advantage IT Career Panel
Cindy McKenzie, STEM Advantage Vice President and  VP, Enterprise Application Services, Jacobs, moderated a panel of Information Technology executives on November 12 at CSU Dominguez Hills. 

More than 80 students learned about IT careers in a corporate environment, consulting and start-ups. Thank you to our panelists: Kalika Gupta (Toyota), Melissa Norton (DIRECTV), Nadya Ichinomiya (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Reymarie Calazan (Hitachi Consulting and STEM Advantage Alumna) and Steve Pitts (Mediamorph).
Department of Labor American Apprenticeship grant
Managed Career Solutions (MCS) was awarded a $2.9 million grant over a five-year period as part of the American Apprenticeship Initiative, for its role in spearheading the OpenTech LA Regional Apprenticeship Collaborative Program (OpenTech LA).

STEM Advantage is proud to be partner in OpenTech LA's collaborative effort, which includes over forty regional partners led by MCS, the County of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic Development. STEM Advantage will receive $250,000 over five years to grow our program and support STEM-related career pathways from local high schools and community colleges. To learn more, please contact Joan Samuels.
Make a difference: invest to increase the number of women in technology  
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