LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Young ladies, now more than ever, have the freedom to do whatever they want with their lives. To open their eyes to all the possibilities, East Texas middle school girls spent Saturday morning on the S.F.A. campus learning about careers, and what it takes to make it happen.
Hundreds of 6th, 7th and 8th grade young ladies from all over East Texas chose three potential careers to learn more about.
"It's going to help me decide what I want to do when I get older because I don't know what I want to do," said Dana Hedgepath, 6th grade.
With so many paths to take, getting a chance to interact with women actually working in those fields could make all the difference. Health and wellness presenter Jana Redfield hoped this program really makes an impact on their future.
"I think it's important at their age because they're deciding on careers and possibly they're exposed to things today they may not have thought about," said Jana Redfield.
Sessions in the medical field, social work, criminal justice are a few of the options the students got to choose from.
"Women in Medical Field, they taught us how you can be a doctor. Be an eye doctor, stuff like that," said Hailey Schatt, 7th grade.
"My first session was Photoshop and I want to be a photographer so I thought it would be really cool to learn how to change backgrounds," said Rhiki Williams, 8th grade.
The program's location on a college campus also familiarizes the girls to higher education. Part of the goal is getting more of them to attend.
"Some people like little kids are always like I know what I'm going to be when I grow up - then they don't do it because they don't know how," said Holly Harvey, 6th grade.
Presenters highlighted careers in math and science.
"Technology, math, science changing so much that we need more people in those fields and it hasn't been typically an area that females have chosen in the past," said Redfield.
The program's success will be getting all these girls ready to take on those challenges.
This is the seventeenth year for the Expanding your Horizons Career Conference that's hosted by the American Association of University Women.