Texas Community Colleges

WTC to Host Texas Girls in STEM Day for Area 4th and 5th Grade Girls


SNYDER— On March 1, 2023, Western Texas College will celebrate Texas Girls in STEM Day, a day to encourage the participation of girls in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.Sylvia Mason, WTC Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Geron Scates, Associate Professor and KGWB Radio Station Manager.

This year, Western Texas College (WTC) will host area 4th and 5th-grade girls on campus for a morning of activities and exploration. KGWB 91.1 F.M., the College’s radio station, will air interviews with some of the fascinating women in the community working in STEM fields.

“We understand the significance of showing girls many of the opportunities available in STEM fields,” said Dr. Barb Beebe, College President. “The girls attending this event will explore engaging activities with our knowledgeable female faculty and staff who work in STEM careers.

“Seeing these talented women at work unlocks possibilities for girls.”

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers (HD 113) passed House Bill 3435 in the Texas House of Representatives. HB 3435 declares March 1 as Texas Girls in STEM Day. During the vote, the bill garnered 147 yeas, 0 nays, and 2 present, not voting.

 “As a former teacher, I am especially proud of House Bill 3435,” wrote Representative Bowers in an article for the Texas Tribune. “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 faculty and staff at Western Texas College know the importance of encouraging girls and young women to explore science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

“When I started working in computer science/technology, the only female in the room was usually me,” said Emily Powell, the College’s Dean of Technology and Information Security. “While I’ve witnessed more women entering the field, we still have a ways to go—that’s why this day is so important.”

As of spring of 2023, 264 full-time and part-time female students declared a STEM field as their major at WTC.