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Number of South Dakota women engineering students rising

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Recruiting efforts and financial aid are helping to draw more South Dakota women students into studying mechanical engineering.

41 women are enrolled in the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology mechanical engineering program this month. 5 years ago, there were 23 women in the program.

The school has advertising aimed at women, and female students can get scholarships worth up to $5,000 a year.

Recruiting official Lisa Carlson says the school is starting a mentoring program to match new female mechanical engineering students with women who are further along in school.

Lyndsey Penfield says she wants to be a mentor to new women students. She says she got into the field because of her interest in airplanes, and she's graduating next year.








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