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Tech Hosts 4th Annual Girls of Promise Event

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Fifty-nine young people visited the Arkansas Tech University campus on Saturday, Feb. 4, to participate in the fourth annual Girls of Promise Conference on the Russellville campus.

Girls of Promise is an initiative by the Women's Foundation of Arkansas to expose eighth-grade girls to possible careers in math, science and technology while introducing them to role models from a variety of fields.

"Through participation in Girls of Promise programs, girls begin to believe they can be and do anything," said Mrs. Jill Brown, first lady of Arkansas Tech and local committee chair for the annual Girls of Promise Conference.

The Women's Foundation of Arkansas, which was established in 1998, founded the Girls of Promise program in 2000. This year's conference at Arkansas Tech drew 53 eighth-grade girls and six alumni of the program who are now in 10th grade.

Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, chancellor of Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus, addressed this year's Girls of Promise attendees. Participants also engaged in six breakout sessions during the day-long conference.

Click here to learn more about the Women's Foundation of Arkansas.