Women in Transportation aims to interest teen girls in transportation careers

Posted at 3:31 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-14 13:10:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) of Greater Kansas City is recruiting and mentoring high school girls in Kansas City who want to learn more about careers in transportation.

WTS is hosting an event Thursday, February 15 at 6 p.m. at the Trekk Design Group, 1411 E. 104th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The free event is called, Fall in Love with Transportation.   

Kim Curry is a highway transportation engineer at Burns & McDonnell and the secretary of Women In Transportation Seminar. All girls ages 13 to 18 are invited. It's a hands-on, interactive event. Seven tables will be set-up with Women in Transportation Seminar presenters at each table talking about the financially lucrative and personally rewarding careers in transportation.

"Transportation is way more than engineering or way more than planning and construction," said Curry.

Transportation careers keep the airline industry, trucking, railroads and shipping in action.

"It involves sciences, it can involve communication," Curry added.

Annie Overman, a senior at Blue Valley High School, is pursuing a career in engineering and is very interested in the transportation field. Overman has been on several mission trips to Haiti and believes that as an engineer she would be able to help Haiti improve its roads and infrastructure.

Overman attended a WTS  workshop last summer that inspired her to know and connect with business women in engineering and transportation.

"I've been interested in engineering since 6th grade," explained Overman. "I just enjoy putting things together and taking things apart," Overman explained.

This Fall, Overman will begin taking engineering courses in college to pursue her career goals.