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News Release

For Immediate Release

Oct. 5, 2015

Grant Wood AEA
Communications Office

Grant Wood AEA’s Open Minds, Open Doors Conference planned Oct. 6, 2015
19th year of STEM conference for middle school girls

Grant Wood Area Education Agency will host the Open Minds, Open Doors Conference for middle school girls on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This half-day event will be held at Coe College in
Cedar Rapids.


Approximately 515 girls in 7th-8th grades representing 31 schools will participate in the conference, which encourages girls to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). During their day, they will visit with some of the 100 professional women working in STEM-related careers who are volunteering during the event to present workshops and staff exhibits.


“Open Minds, Open Doors is a great opportunity for young girls to begin to visualize themselves in STEM careers, and to also see the progression toward reaching that goal,” said Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist. “It is also a fantastic opportunity for employers in and around Cedar Rapids to touch the future of their potential workforce.”


Grant Wood AEA's Open Minds, Open Doors Conference originated in 1996 as an initiative of the Cedar Rapids Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) with support from Coe College.


Grant Wood AEA provides educational services for 32 public school districts, 17 state accredited non-public schools, and seven independent accredited non-public schools in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties.

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Media Note - Grant Wood AEA's Open Minds, Open Doors Conference is structured with an opening session from 9:00-9:20 a.m. and includes two career workshop sessions, 9:30-10:25 a.m. and 10:35-11:30 a.m. To capture images or video from one of the sessions or to coordinate an interview with a participant, please check in at the Open Minds, Open Doors registration desk in Cherry Lobby.


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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