Melbourne, FL, Jul 17, 2014 – The Space Coast Chapter of Women In Defense held its 3rd successful quarterly STEM Council meeting at the Harris Corporation Customer Briefing Center.

Congressman Bill Posey (Fl-08) is pleased to learn of the ongoing STEM Council’s commitment to prepare students for STEM related jobs of the future. “Reaching out to young people about the benefits of pursuing a career in a STEM related field is critical to maintaining our technological edge,” said Congressman Posey. “STEM careers can lead to a lifetime of discovery, invention and success for those who go down that pathway.”

Karen Gregory, President, Board of Directors, Space Coast Women In Defense said, “I am proud to see the impact these meetings are having on the Space Coast.  Local community leaders are coming together to develop STEM solutions that will impact our student’s future ability to successfully compete in the global market place.”

The keynote speakers, Mr. Andy Ziegler, Brevard County School Board, and Ms. Janice Scholz, Director for Career and Technical Education, Brevard County Schools provided an overview of the local CTE programs.  Mr. Stephon Williams, CEO & Founder, H.A.B.U. Leadership Development Training and former Space Coast Women In Defense board member, moderated the speed networking session.  The event was facilitated thanks in large part to the efforts of two female DEOMI (Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute) student interns who each hope to one day become the next Space Coast industry leaders.

The event was hosted by Harris Corporation, both an industry and active community leader.  During each school year, Harris Corporation sends its most experienced engineers into the classrooms on a weekly basis in order to build interest in STEM education at a young age.  This program has been ongoing for twenty years and has had a tremendous impact on engaging students with industry professionals.  In addition, Harris Corp’s involvement creates a potential applicant pool for local colleges and universities specializing in STEM education and eventually creates job candidates for local industry employers. This is just one of the many success stories spearheaded by local industry.  We thank Harris for their vision and generosity.

Ms. Bridget Lee, the first recipient of the Women In Defense Space Coast Chapter STEM Scholarship attended as our guest of honor.  Ms. Lee hopes to one day inspire students to achieve their goals in STEM fields, in the same way she was helped by the Space Coast Chapter of Women In Defense.