“All the girls were really interested,” Elizabeth Sorice, the Director of the Walsh Campus Education and Career Resources department, said. “[They said things like], I didn’t know you could do that, or I didn’t know that ComEd does this.”
Elizabeth and Shay then worked together to find a time to do the workshop and decided to include it as part of Mercy Home’s Summer Enrichment classes.
The team at ComEd developed a program that would bring female engineers to Mercy Home to talk about their backgrounds and the steps they took to be in the career they are in now, as well as sharing more about what they do specifically at ComEd. They also facilitated projects with circuit boards so that the girls could get firsthand experience at engineering.
“[We] created this course to teach girls how to meet adversity and transcend problems and learn in the process,” Shay said.
Finding engineers to participate in the program was surprisingly easy, Bill Hanigan, the Manager of Smart Grid Programming at ComEd, said.
“Getting the engineers to jump on board was easy as pie,” he said. “They got so excited about teaching the circuit boards and teaching the girls about their path. At first, we were going to have one engineer per day, [and] at the end we had two engineers per day because we had so many engineers sign up, which I think speaks to Mercy and speaks to ComEd.”