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SMCC to Host 2015 Hermanas Latinas STEM Conference

This year, South Mountain Community College (SMCC) in partnership with Arizona Public Service (APS) and Intel Corporation, will host the third annual Hermanas Latinas STEM Conference on Friday, February 27, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Nationally, the low number of students pursuing education and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has become a critical concern, but beyond that fact is the even lower likelihood that Hispanic females will enter STEM fields.

The annual Hermanas conference provides a positive environment where young Latinas can interact with successful Latina professionals, receive encouragement to continue their education, attend college, and eventually graduate with a degree that prepares them for a STEM career or advanced education.

The event features fun, interactive hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, and an education resource fair. In the past, students have conducted their own experiments in biology (strawberry DNA), mathematics (Barbie® bungeejumping), and engineering (with marshmallows). Students will also have the opportunity to win one of several raffle prizes.

Space is limited each year, and the registration deadline is February 20th for young Latinas who would like to participate. Call the Recruitment Office at 602.243.8000 or see your high school counselor for more information.

SMCC is a STEMJobsSM designated college offering job alignment, placement, and diversity in the college’s STEM programs. Some SMCC STEM programs are two years in length with annual average starting salaries of $30,000-$50,000. For information about SMCC STEM programs visit

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