Jessica OrbonFeb 21, 2018, 8:42 pmFeb 21, 2018, 11:50 pm

Kids in Elizabeth learn about STEM as a part of National Engineers Week

Group of students gain insight on how a Verizon Engineer achieved success, how to design their own futures


ELIZABETH — Students at J. Christian Bollwage Finance Academy learned about how hard they will have to work to break into the field of finance with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math and how rewarding the field can be from someone who knows. Verizon Vice President of Global Operations Genia Wilbourn spoke with them about her experience as a engineer and the journey her career has taken her.

"If they're going to be in the game, we have to start with our students. The time is now; technology is moving too fast and they have to keep pace with it," Wilbourn said.

Students were able to ask Wilbourn questions about her education and how she broke into the industry. Wilbourn also held an all-girls roundtable and had a specific piece of advice for young women looking to break into the historically male-dominated field.

"Don't focus on the fact that you're a female, don't focus on if you're African-American or Hispanic; focus on your skill and erase all of that other stuff and run your race," Wilbourn said.

This week, over 30 Verizon engineers will be visiting other schools across the country to talk about their experiences and hopefully inspire students to leave their own marks on the industry.

Verizon is the parent company of FiOS1 News.

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