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10th Annual CSI Girls In Technology Conference

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By Michelle Costa

TWIN FALLS, ID (KMVT TV) - Research shows that many adults typically expect girls not to perform as well as boys in science, math and technology, regardless of their true potential.

Because of this mindset the College of Southern Idaho is stepping in.

CSI hosted their 10th annual Girls in Technology Conference called "Navigating Your Future Through Technology."

A heavy suit, a sturdy helmet, and of course, a heart of gold.

It all goes into being a firefighter.

Friday, a group of 13 girls are learning from the crews protecting our city.

"We're looking at different occupations and what opportunities girls have in the Valley that we can go into as jobs,” said Angelica Gonzalez, Murtaugh High School.

Gonzalez and other students got a behind–the–scenes look at the Twin Falls Fire Department, a career that many women normally don't pick.

"Most occupations like this are discouraging for women," said Gonzalez.

There are 39 firefighters in Twin Falls, none of the however, female and that's something the girls said they'll like to change.

"We need to step up and do something about it. I'm really interested in it,” said Fatima Miranda, Murtaugh High School.

"It was a very good thing to get the girls here to see what we do and the technology we have available to us and what it takes to be a firefighter,” said Brian Cunningham, Twin Falls Fire Department.

The fire department is one of the many places students visited.

370 girls from schools across the Magic Valley boarded buses to go to other places and they also listened to speakers.

As a fire truck rolls out, 13 girls now have the knowledge of what goes into the job.

But, whether or not they pursue this specific career in the future is up to them.

This program also helps CSI.

They said the number of students who are interested in dual credits increases after the conference.


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