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Girls can’t do science? ‘Steminists’ at FM disagree

Traditions are considered attitudes or actions that have been around for a long time. For example, your family may have a big meal together every Sunday or celebrate with a barbecue and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Some traditions though, can be negative and hold people back. Even with all of our progress, there still exists stereotypes of women’s work and men’s work. When you think of a nurse for example, do you picture a male or a female in scrubs? How about a construction worker?

Advisors at FM are seeing more students breaking those gender stereotypes and exploring non-traditional fields. The Department of Labor defines a non-traditional career as one where more than 75 percent of the workforce is the opposite gender — or conversely where more than 25 percent is of one specific gender.

Taylor Bouton, an early-admission student from Broadalbin-Perth High School, is on track to graduate with her associate degree in science this May She has maintained a nearly perfect 4.0 GPA since she began her education at FM in the fall of 2015.

“The biggest surprise starting at FM was the personal connections that I made with my science professors,” says Taylor. “The small class allowed me to have more of a one-on-one relationship with them and I acquired a deeper understanding of the material. I am so grateful to my anatomy and physiology professor, Susan MacLeod, and my chemistry instructor, Laurie Lazinski. They continued pushing me to succeed and encouraged me to reach further than I thought I could go.”

Instructors at FM are encouraging students to enter career fields based more on their abilities and interests and to not limit themselves based on gender stereotypes.

Mimi Eglin, admissions counselor, believes students need to explore career paths early, and experience classes in many different subject areas before committing to a major.

She says, “We’ve revamped our spring open house to a campus visit day and we invite new potential students of all ages to experience a college-level class first-hand. It’s a great way to try out a class in nursing, chemistry or electrical technology for instance, and get a feel for a major before jumping into it.”

FM’s campus visit day is scheduled for March 15 at 9 a.m. An information session for high school juniors interested in the early admission program at FM is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m.

For more information on both events, visit www.fmcc.edu and register online today.

Christie Crawford is an Academic Advisor/Early Admission Liaison at FM.

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