News Release
For Immediate Release
Oct. 8, 2010


Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Fields Hold Opportunities for Women Focus of HCC Panel Discussion

10/14, 4 p.m., Beacon Hall Events Center

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College will hold a panel discussion October 14 on career opportunities for women in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“Women are underrepresented in these fields,” said Judy Polizotti, HCC instructor and co-president of the Bridgeport branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), co sponsor of the event. “Yet, there are many jobs opening up in these fields that offer attractive wages.”

“We hope that the discussion of the panelists’ shared experience working in STEM-related job opportunities will inspire both men and women to enter these fields,” she said. “We encourage middle- and high-school students to attend and join in the discussion.”

Panelists include Sue Glasspiegel, regional director of CT First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Judy Otton, principal, Advanced Decisions; Dr. Kathleen Toedt, HCC assistant professor of  anatomy, physiology and biology; and Lucy Brakoniecki, research and policy analyst at CWELF (Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund).

The event, which is open to the public at no charge, begins at 4 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall.

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic Garage.