Texas Community Colleges

Western Texas College Celebrates Texas Girls in STEM Day


Snyder—Western Texas College proudly celebrates women on campus working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

Western Texas College also encourages young women to pursue their dreams in STEM fields. 

“Women in the STEM fields are an integral part of innovations and solutions here on campus,” said Dr. Barb Beebe, College President. 

“Our programs let young women choose their own unique paths,” she added. “We strongly support our female students who choose to enter STEM fields.” 

As of spring of 2020, 324 full and part-time female students have declared a STEM field as their major at WTC. 

House Bill 3435, introduced by State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers (HD 113), established March 1 as “Texas Girls in STEM Day.” Rep. Bowers wants to ensure that Texas encourages and celebrates females pursuing and achieving success in STEM fields. 

“As a former teacher, I am especially proud of House Bill 3435,” Bowers posted on her webpage

“While the global community has made an extensive effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science over the past few years, we are still seeing women and young girls be excluded from participating fully in science. Through 'Texas Girls in STEM Day', we can ensure that Texas does its part in helping women and young girls achieve their dreams.” 

The women working in STEM on the Western Texas College campus (featured in the photos) include:

Jessica Colvin, Assistant Professor, Agriculture
Delinda Dacus, Help Desk Technician
Christylee DeBlieck, Title V Administrative Assistant
Erin Dierker, Chemistry Instructor
Stephanie Ducheneaux, Dean of Instructional Affairs
Dana Fahntrapp, Petroleum Technology Instructor
Keely Green, Math Instructor
Donna Howington, Math Instructor
Candis Kelly, Computer Maintenance Technology Instructor
Linda Kimura, Technology Administrative Assistant
Sandy Kinman, Assistant Professor, Information Technology
Sylvia Mason, Biology Instructor
Emily Powell, Dean of Technology & Information Security
Laurie Roland, Medical Assistant Instructor
Dr. Ava Russell, Associate Professor Math, Division Chair for Adjunct Instruction
Ashley Semler, Agriculture Science Curriculum Specialist 

These women make a difference in the lives of WTC students and the community through their imagination, innovations, and contributions. They shape the world with creative problem solving that is essential to everyone’s health, happiness, and safety. 

“At WTC, women in STEM fields have introduced and developed some of the most significant improvements on campus,” said Stephanie Ducheneaux, Dean of Instruction. “We are defined by what we bring to the table.” Ducheneaux received the “Digging Deeper” Award in 2015 for her innovative work on campus. 

All of WTC’s programs accept and support females. WTC encourages young women to explore career fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 

You can explore these fields at WTC by taking a campus tour. The recruiters and instructors would be happy to show you the campus and STEM programs at WTC that can help you shape the future. 

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