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More women pursuing nontraditional degrees

8:30 AM, Jan. 29, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh junior Kelsey Paltzer, a chemistry major with a biomolecular emphasis, gets an experiment ready to run in the chemistry lab. Women are crossing traditional gender lines and pursuing science, technology, engineering and math-related degrees.
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh junior Kelsey Paltzer, a chemistry major with a biomolecular emphasis, gets an experiment ready to run in the chemistry lab. Women are crossing traditional gender lines and pursuing science, technology, engineering and math-related degrees.
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As one of 10 female welding students in a program with 124 males, Amber Kraemer can tell you a thing or two about perseverance.

"It's intimidating (stepping into a male dominated field), but it also gives me something to prove that I can do it," said Kraemer, 32. "It's motivation to do better, and most of the time I can probably weld better than the men anyway."

She pursued a degree from Fox Valley Technical College in the welding field - which increasingly relies on robotics, programming and mathematics - because of its positive career prospects and what she sees as an appealing marriage of ...

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