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GEMS Conference Scheduled for November 4

Somerset Community College will once again host its 4th annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) Conference for eighth grade girls. This program targets girls who are interested or might be interested in careers in math, science, engineering, information technology, or health sciences. No specific math or science knowledge is expected, only a desire to learn more about math and science.

Schools invited to participate in the conference include Meece Middle, Northern Middle School, Southern Middle School, Somerset Christian School, Science Hill Independent School, McCreary County Middle School, North Laurel Middle School, South Laurel Middle School, Casey County Middle School, Lincoln County Middle School, Wayne County Middle School, Monticello Independent School, Rockcastle County Middle School, Russell County Middle School, and Pulaski County Home School Coop.

The all day conference will be held on Friday, November 4, in the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the Somerset Campus.

A total of 100 girls will be selected to participate with at least four girls from each middle school. More girls per school may be selected, depending on the number of applicants and participating schools.

Interested girls should have at least a 2.5 GPA or higher, and should contact their school about participating in the conference.

Alesa Johnson, Coordinator for the GEMS Conference, commented, Our goal for the GEMS conference is to expose eighth grade girls to the diverse and exciting careers that exist in the math and science fields. We also want to help girls interested in math and science careers to be aware of the academic coursework needed in high school to prepare them for the coursework that will be required in college.

The girls will have the opportunity to choose three workshops to attend during the conference. The workshops are Graphic Arts, Information Technology, Radiography, Criminal Justice, Cosmetology, Flight Nurse, Accounting/CPA and Geology. Each workshop will last 50 minutes and there will be between 10-15 girls in each.

Lunch will be provided by the GEMS team and catered by Fazolis.

An Expo will also be on site with representatives from different fields of study so the girls can learn about other opportunities available to them in the math and science fields.

To apply, interested girls should talk to their school and make sure that their school is participating. To learn more about the GEMS Conference and the application process, visit the SCC website at

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. For admission or program information call toll free (877) 629-9722 or visit the website at