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WHAT: This website is dedicated to helping high school and college students interested in pursuing a STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) make educated decisions regarding a career path.


HOW: The podcast hosts practicing professionals, college professors and college students. The focus will be to provide insights into STEM professions, what is required to get through the curriculum and additional strategies to guide you towards a successful career.


WHY: For example, the engineering 1st year retention rate is roughly 75%, however, the 5 year graduation rate is only about 50%, thus only about 1/2 of students graduate with an engineering degree. We want to help increase the retention and graduation rate for all STEM degrees!

THE GOAL: The overall goal is to increase the graduation rate by igniting your passion in a STEM career by exploring current and emerging STEM career opportunities. In addition, the podcast will help prepare you to manage challenges that may arise during your studies. You will gain strategies and confidence to overcome potentially demanding classes, giving you an edge, and in today’s competitive environment you want to have an advantage!

My personal goal is to help you be successful!

57: Harness that FASTER than normal ADHD brain, it’s a gift-Alex Nigh and Peter Shankman

This episode is different than the normal flow – we delve in a bit on how to harness the gift of having an ADHD brain. The ADHD brain is faster than normal and it is an advantage, not a deficit once you learn how to harness the power. Alex Nigh is a Junior in college…

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56: Mechanical Engineer-Being able to see it, made it the right choice-Bianca McCartt

Bianca McCart earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechancial Engineering from The University of Kentucky and is currently a technical career development leader and always involved with engineering. As a junior in high school she had no idea about engineering as a career and really learned about it her senior year in high school, she…

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55: Industrial Engineer-Without a mentor in college? Who knows! Jessica Rannow

Jessica Rannow earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently is a District Operations Manager at AmericsourceBergen which is a pharmaceutical company and heavily involved with SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and is a past president. Industrial engineering is about process improvement and every industry from banking to…

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