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Encouraging the Success of Young Women in STEM

07 Feb 2024

As an energy provider, UGI Utilities relies on professionals with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills to deliver safe and reliable energy to our customers. With a focus on sustainability, it is vitally important for UGI to continue to pursue innovation and ensure there are talented people to drive that innovation. We are committed to inspiring future STEM professionals by supporting programs that teach students the necessary skills to enter the workforce.

UGI Utilities is proud to support Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Women in Sciences & Engineering (WISE) Institute through Pennsylvania’s EITC program. According to the National Center for Science and Engineer Statistics, compared with women, men make up the greater share of the STEM workforce. In 2021, about two-thirds (65%) of those employed in STEM occupations were men and about one-third (35%) were women. The WISE Institute aims to encourage the entry and success of women in the STEM fields by creating opportunities for women of diverse backgrounds to thrive, providing mentorship, and promoting institutional and cultural change.

The camp allows these students to strengthen their STEM-related studies, including coding, digital design, 3D printing, biology, sustainability, and engineering. Participants use their creativity and experience in the program to solve problems and cooperatively form solutions. Support from UGI Utilities has helped the camp to establish the WISE program on their campus for students entering grades 6-8 in Luzerne, Wyoming, Bradford, and Sullivan counties. The camp also offers scholarships to allow young women from lower socioeconomics to attend at no cost.

UGI Utilities is proud to support the WISE Institute’s efforts to inspire young girls to pursue an interest in STEM.

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