What is Southern Company doing to educate young females about engineering?
Southern Company is making the future brighter for female students interested in engineering and other STEM careers. Across the Southern Company footprint, subsidiaries host iCan events, which introduce and excite young female students about the possibility of pursuing a career in engineering. These events invest in the future of bright, capable young students while also helping build the future of the industry.
While women make up half of the overall workforce, they only make up 21 percent of all STEM jobs. Additionally, only 11 percent of working engineers are women. Because women remain underrepresented in STEM fields, it is important to reach the next generation of professionals at a young age. iCan events are among many programs Southern Company supports to ensure success and increased representation of women in engineering and other STEM professions.
iCan was founded by a group of Alabama Power engineers on a mission to introduce, empower and inspire young, female minds to explore their abilities and the opportunities presented to them specifically in the engineering field. Female engineering professionals volunteer to put on the events to educate and interact with students by providing hands-on learning experiences, team projects and competitions and mentorship opportunities.