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Source: Dixie Schierlman, 785-826-2643,

Monday, Jan. 5, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The 16th annual TWIST Career Day will be Thursday, Jan. 8, at Kansas State University at Salina. The event will start around 9 a.m. in the College Center Conference Room.

TWIST stands for Teen Women in Science and Technology. The career day is an opportunity to encourage teen girls to consider careers in traditionally male-dominated fields such as medicine, engineering, chemistry, aviation, wildlife biology and technology. Students from Bennington, Ell-Saline, Ellsworth, Herington, Junction City, Lincoln, Marysville, Sacred Heart, Salina Central, Salina South, Southeast of Saline, Tescott and Valley Heights high schools are expected to participate.

Professionals from the Salina community will share their career experiences with the teens, giving them an opportunity to learn more about scientific and technical fields.

Keynote speaker will be Deb Miller, Kansas secretary of transportation. She will speak from noon to 1 p.m. in the College Center Conference Room. Miller is the first woman to lead the state Department of Transportation and its more than 3,200 employees. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of transportation and extensive experience in working with political leaders.

Since becoming state transportation secretary, Miller has helped shape national transportation policy as a member of several national transportation boards and committees. In 2008 she became chair of the national Transportation Research Board's Executive Committee after serving as vice chair the previous year. Her role as secretary is her second stint with the Department of Transportation. She served as director of the department's Division of Planning and Development from 1986-1997.

Miller is a 1976 magna cum laude graduate of K-State with bachelor's in sociology.

More information on TWIST Career Day is available by contacting Dixie Schierlman at 785-826-2643.