The following is a news release from Otero College.
LA JUNTA — We are back! After taking 2021off to ensure the safety of our girls during the pandemic, the Girls in the Middle conference returns with flare for our 23rd year. The annual Girls in the Middle Conference will be held on Saturday, March 5, at Otero College from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s conference is "Ignite Your Future " and will encourage middle school aged girls to traverse the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).
The theme will be carried out throughout the day in hands-on workshops with collaboration and example from women in STEAM careers. Registration opened for 5th through 8th grade girls on Jan. 24 and closes on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. All registrations will be taken online at www.girlsinthemiddle.com.
The goal of the conference is to encourage middle school aged girls to continue studying science, technology, and math once they enter high school. In March 2020, 150 girls from 10 local area schools, as well as homeschooled students in southeastern Colorado attended the conference learning about careers that require an advanced education in the study of science, technology, engineering, arts, or math. Workshops were presented by professional women who are actively working in their careers. This year's conference is expected to host at least 18 different career workshops that will be taught by women who are working in the fields of: Web Design, Archaeologist, Athletic Trainer, Nursing, Paramedic, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, and the Colorado State Patrol who will present in - Mock Accident Scene, Evidence Collection, Port of Entry, Dispatch, State Fire and K-9.
The Girls in the Middle committee is comprised of an all-volunteer group of professional women from the surrounding communities and Otero College. The $5 fee for the conference for students includes breakfast, lunch, and a T-shirt. The conference is open to all girls in the area in grades 5th through 8th.