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February 1, 2011

The Women In Defense (WID)-Michigan chapter recently received its first donation to support its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The $10,000 donation from General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) in Sterling Heights, Mich., will be used for the support of the key initiatives developed by the WID-MI STEM committee. One of the initiatives is supplying a book to give the young women insight into technical careers for the Explorathon program in April.
Sonya Sepahban, Senior VP Engineering Design & Development for General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and an advisor to the WID board of directors, presented the donation to WID-MI chapter President Amy Courture at the defense contractor’s state-of-the-art Maneuver Collaboration Center (MC2) in February 2011.

"At GDLS we are committed to helping with STEM initiatives to secure the future of our nation. We believe WID will also ensure diversity in STEM which is another area of focus for us at GDLS."

WID launched its STEM program in 2010 to support the national STEM Education Coalition Program by adding a board position for a director of STEM. The WID-MI STEM committee, which is made up of volunteers from industry, small business and academia has a goal to assist in the educational development of young women in technical fields in support of STEM to encourage them to pursue a career in the defense industry. The committee would like to thank GDLS and Sonya Sepahban for believing in this initiative.

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