GM Casting Facility Hosts Student Program
May 14, 2013
More than 150 young women from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio recently visited GM’s Defiance Casting Operations in Defiance, Ohio, to participate in the sixth annual “Get WISE (women in science and engineering)” program. It is designed to help educate female students in career opportunities in science, technology and engineering. The students took a plant tour, engineering competition, technical challenge and giveaways.
“We started Get WISE in 2008 and since then the program has really gained in popularity with our local female students, teachers and our employees,” said Sandy Calabrese, aluminum melting and metallurgy manager. “We introduce the students to multiple female role models that all work here in Defiance in various engineering fields. We feel that seeing, first-hand, the many career opportunities available with a strong background in science and engineering definitely has a positive impact on the students.”
This year’s event at Defiance hosted the largest group of students since the program’s inception. One-third of the participants were daughters, granddaughters or nieces of GM employees.
“I can’t tell you how rewarding this is for us to be able to talk to junior high students and late grade school students about the opportunities available to them in technology and science,” said Brianna Clemens, facilities engineer. She noted more than 100 girls each year in grades 5-8 participate and learn about all the career opportunities that are available to them.