The 3rd Annual Career STEAMposium took place on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Pasadena City College. There were over 160 students in attendance at this year’s event that exposed youth to professionals in STEAM Careers. Workshop Speakers shared their backgrounds and brought them forward to their current roles so students knew that they could also succeed in STEAM careers. A major message that was consistent throughout many of the workshops was that if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll never work a day in your life. Below is information on the Keynote Speaker, the workshops and the hands-on activities. The day was successful as youth expressed their interest in pursuing careers in STEAM areas.
Dr. Soraya M. Coley – President, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Coley has brought a renewed energy level back to Cal Poly Pomona. She is a veteran administrator with more than 20 years of experience in higher education, and recently became the sixth president of Cal Poly Pomona in January 2015. Dr. Coley came to Cal Poly Pomona from Cal State Bakersfield, where she was the provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2005 to 2014. She served as interim vice president for university advancement in 2011-12. Her experience includes serving as Cal State Fullerton’s dean of the College of Human Development and Community Service, as administrative fellow, and professor and department chair for the human services department. She was also the system-wide provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alliant International University, from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Coley has brought a mission to Cal Poly focusing on “The Future of Work and Human Engagement.” Simply put, it is to promote integrative learning, discovery and creativity by establishing “centers for excellence” which will capitalize on the schools polytechnic identity, strengths and opportunities for discovery, innovation, research and creative expression.