Texas Community Colleges

WTC Recognizes Women for Texas Girls in STEM Day


SNYDER—On March 1, 2021, Western Texas College (WTC) proudly recognizes women on campus working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in celebration of Texas Girls in STEM Day. 

KGWB, WTC’s student-run radio station, will air interviews with WTC employees who work in STEM during the 8:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon, and 5:00 p.m. news. Listeners can tune to 91.1 FM or navigate to wtc.edu/kgwb to listen online. 


A video version of some of the interviews can be found on the College’s YouTube channel.

“As a former teacher, I am especially proud of House Bill 3435,” said State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers on her webpage. 

Bowers introduced House Bill 3435 that 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. Watch more about Texas Girls in STEM Day from Rep. Bowers in this video

The women working in STEM on the Western Texas College campus include: 

Jessica Colvin, Assistant Professor, Agriculture
Christylee Deblieck, Title V Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Ducheneaux, Dean of Instructional Affairs
Delinda Eaton, Help Desk Technician
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 

“These women make a difference in the lives of WTC students and the community through their imagination, innovations, and contributions,” said Dr. Barbara Beebe, College President. 

“They shape the world with creative problem solving that is essential to everyone’s health, happiness, and safety.” 

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

As of spring of 2021, 272 full and part-time female students have declared a STEM field as their major at WTC. All of WTC’s programs accept and support females. WTC encourages young women to explore career fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 

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

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

“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,” noted Rep. Bowers on her website. “Through 'Texas Girls in STEM Day', we can ensure that Texas does its part in helping women and young girls achieve their dreams.”