WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Leaders with Purdue's School of Engineering are making strides to bring more women to the engineering career.
More than 200 high school students took part in "Juniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue" Monday.
The program, sponsored by the Women in Engineering Program, gives young women a close look at what Purdue has to offer.
They meet with professors, current students and alumni to see if engineering is the right choice for them. One student said career choices should be open to everyone.
"Even in my high school, we actually have a class just for women in engineering, because there are just so many women interested in it. I think it's amazing that we are breaking that barrier. Jobs shouldn't be classified by your gender. They should be classified by who is interested in them. I just think it's amazing that the barrier is getting smaller and smaller," said high school junior Chloe Shevlin.
"The thing that has changed most, I believe, over time, is how we talk about engineering in a way that is more engaging to young women than it used to be," Beth Holloway
Holloway said about 1/4 of Purdue's engineering students are women.
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