By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Women’s Transportation Seminar of Inland Empire (WTS-IE), one of fifty local chapters worldwide and with more than 200 members throughout the region, will join with Victor Valley Transit Authority to host a visit with 100 Girl Scouts and Scout leaders from the Victor Valley and Barstow area to learn about careers and innovations in the transportation industry. One of the highlights from this year’s visit will be a ride in one of our new BEB’s (Battery Electric Bus) Zero Emission 40’ Bus and get a closeup look of where the industry is headed.
The Girl Scouts will also be taken on a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) tour and go behind the scenes of the state-of-the-art building that houses the VVTA Administration and Maintenance Facility which where busses are maintained and repaired. The Girl Scouts will also participate in hands-on activities to stimulate their imaginations about what the future of transportation may look like and will learn from women in transportation about the kinds of careers the girls may pursue in their future.
The Classroom to Career initiative developed by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council exposes junior high and high school girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) related businesses throughout Southern California. WTS-IE and its Transportation YOU Committee created a partnership with the Girl Scouts to expand opportunities for girls in the program.
“It is more important now than ever to expose younger girls to careers in STEM. They are thirsty for knowledge about potential careers in transportation and other STEM fields” said Lisa Reece, Vice President, HDR and WTS-IE Chapter Advisor. “WTS-IE and the Girl Scouts’ mission is simple… “work together to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.”
“Now, more than ever, it is important for those of us who are in the transportation industry to reach out to our communities and educated young people regarding career opportunities in this field,” said Kevin Kane, Executive Director, Victor Valley Transit Authority. “Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that there are over 13 million Americans currently employed in transportation related jobs – and nearly half of that workforce will be eligible for retirement within the next several years. Unfortunately, many young people entering the workforce simply do not know about the excellent opportunities available in this field. Our industry desperately needs bright, talented, and dedicated young women, like those who belong to Girl Scouts, to consider transit as a career path.”