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Civil Engineer's Path
 Education  Work Experience  Activities
  Relevant high school classes - Math, science, English.
  College - Community college for brush-up of math, science and computers. Then she earned a four-year degree from a state university.
  High school - In high school Barb worked as a salesperson at a clothing store and at a movie theater.
  College - For a time Barb worked full time at a job with the county sheriff's office and attended college in the evenings. Also while in college she worked for the College of Engineering Graduate College as an assistant to graduate students. She set strain gauges to measure deflection and tested concrete in addition to other duties. During the summers she worked for the Department of Transportation where she did calculations, drew cross sections, patched paving, tracked materials, tested soils and asphalt surfaces.
  High school - Music organizations
  College - The student chapters of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers

 

Recommended Path
 Education  Work Experience  Activities
  High School - Refer to the chart below
  College - Four-year bachelor's degree.
  High school - Job shadow or mentor an engineer. Work at part-time and/or summer jobs.
  College - Participate in summer internships, cooperative education and work-study programs. Become a mentor to middle and high school students who might be interested in careers in engineering.
- Enroll in an engineering co-op program that allows students to attend classes for a portion of the year and then work in an engineering-related job for the remainder of the year.
  High school - Join or start a chapter of Future Scientists & Engineers of America or join The Junior Engineering Technical Society
- Participate in activities on the MATHCOUNTS Web site
- Check out this Web site
- Participate in science clubs and fairs.
  College - Join student chapters of the Society of Women Engineers and/or the American Society of Civil Engineers <>
 Education - High School
SUBJECT GRADE 9 GRADE 10 GRADE 11 GRADE 12
Math Algebra Geometry or Applied Math Algebra Probability & Statistics
English English English English
Applied Communications
English
Applied Communications
Science Principles of Technology
Physical Science
Biology
Applied Biology/Chemistry
Advanced Science Course Advanced Science Course
Social Studies/Humanities As required As required As required As required
Physical Education/Health As required As required As required As required
Technical Classes See specific technology program area curriculum e.g. Carpenter, Plumber, Auto Mechanic, Drafting, Electronics Technician etc.
Recommended: Entrepreneurship, Cooperative Education
See specific technology program area curriculum e.g. Carpenter, Plumber, Auto Mechanic, Drafting, Electronics Technician etc.
Recommended: Entrepreneurship, Cooperative Education
See specific technology program area curriculum e.g. Carpenter, Plumber, Auto Mechanic, Drafting, Electronics Technician etc.
Recommended: Entrepreneurship, Cooperative Education
See specific technology program area curriculum e.g. Carpenter, Plumber, Auto Mechanic, Drafting, Electronics Technician etc.
Recommended: Entrepreneurship, Cooperative Education
Source: Choices CT, 2001 Bridges.com, Inc.

 

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