Miss Michigan is also a UM graduate student pursuing a career in STEAM

Melissa Beirand is committed to getting more young people — especially girls — to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math, or STEAM.

Not only is this about improving the long-term career prospects of young Michiganders, but it will also help a state that is creating jobs but facing a growing talent gap.

Beirand, 22, of Milford, has a pretty unique platform from which to talk about STEAM careers: She was named Miss Michigan on June 18 and travels around the region visiting schools, Girl Scouts, community organizations and more. responsibilities.

Melissa Beirand, Miss Michigan, talks about STEAM education to third- through fifth-graders Oct. 20 at Huron Academy in Clinton Township.

Inspiring young people to pursue careers in STEAM is a social impact initiative she has chosen to be a part of. She will take over the country if she succeeds in her next pageant, the Miss America Pageant, which will be held on December 15 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“This is a real problem. We don’t have enough people to fill those jobs,” Beirand told me. “I work to raise awareness among young children. It’s often a long journey with a lot of learning. We have to get the kids interested.”

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