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UTC Aerospace Systems employee, Agnes Chau Klucha, participated in the first "Making it Real" Summit at the Connecticut Convention Center in May. (UTC Aerospace Systems / July 4, 2014)

UTC Aerospace Systems employee, Agnes Chau Klucha, technology manager, Central Engineering in Windsor Locks, participated in the first "Making it Real" Summit at the Connecticut Convention Center in May.

The Summit invited middle and high school girls to hear from women leaders and practitioners about manufacturing careers and the skills needed to be successful.

More than 130 girls from schools around the state participated in the Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit, designed to improve the image of manufacturing and spark interest in future careers among girls. The girls participated in experiential, hands-on activities that showcased today's manufacturing workplace. Teachers, guidance/career counselors, and administrators were also invited to attend the event.

Klucha participated on a panel designed to educate students and teachers about careers and opportunities in manufacturing related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) offering guidance for the 21st century skilled STEM workforce. STEM is one of UTC Aerospace Systems' main focus areas.

"The Girls & Manufacturing Summit was a success and it provided an opportunity to engage with students to encourage them to enter STEM and manufacturing fields," said Klucha.