Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap

The Closing the Gap podcast highlights professional women who are working in STEM & Trades fields. This way, girls can see local women who are working in these careers and can consider these careers for themselves. Closing the Gap is a project of the Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub, based in Albany, OR. Learn more about us at


September 6, 2023 37 mins
Welcome back listeners, STEMinists, and friends to the Season 4 premiere of Closing the Gap.  

This first episode has us back on Zoom as we are talking with a Research Scientist from UC Boulder and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), Margaret Landis (she/her).  Join us as we learn about pursuing a career in scientific research and how the word ‘scientist’ is inherently feminine. 


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“School gives you a complete understanding and encourages you to build the mechanical skills needed to be successful,” said Francis Tice, instructional assistant with LBCC’s Heavy Equipment Diesel program. 


Join us for our latest installment (and last episode of season 3) of our Women in STEAM podcast, Closing the Gap. Our guest speaker, Francis Tice, talks about the struggles of getting her foot in the door as a technician in th...

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On this episode of Closing the Gap we have Claire Coxen and Kate Williams from the OSU student organization GEEO. GEEO or Girls' Empowerment, Engineering, and Outreach works with students and classrooms in the Benton County area to help demystify and empower students to pursue a STEM-rich education.  Join us and find out what they've been up to.  

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Welcome back to Closing the Gap! 


Tune in today; we are talking to a bilingual translator, Patricia Martinez. Patricia was an architect and designer in her birth country, Peru. She switched careers after moving to the United States, becoming a Spanish translator. Patricia has been a huge help to us at Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub as we've been translating our website, newsletters, and social media.  


Patricia gives great insights in...

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Is a STEAM-rich education relevant to you in your career path?  Listen to this episode with Deb Mumm-Hill, Director of Oregon STEM, and consider putting more focus on STEM topics in your education and professional development. 


Deb explains what the STEM Hub network in Oregon addresses and accomplishes, as well as how STEM skills are growing in importance as our society advances and evolves with technology.  


To learn more abou...

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January 26, 2023 27 mins

What standards of social responsibility are corporations held to?

On our latest episode of our Women in STEM podcast, Closing the Gap, Demetriah Webster joins us to talk about corporate social responsibility standards. That’s not all though, Demetriah is a trained engineer who had a career in aerospace before taking on her latest role. We’ll get into how getting a solid STEAM education can build skills that can be applied to many d...

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January 2, 2023 25 mins
Have you ever wondered why the experience of an internship is so important to career development?

If you have, listen to this episode. Yuliya Dennis, the Executive Director of MECOP, joins us on the show to talk about exactly why people should participate in internships. There are many benefits to working as an intern; maybe the most valuable is that students can really maximize their time in college when getting the experience tha...

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December 13, 2022 34 mins

The Willamette Valley is home to dozens of small organic farms. These farms feed the local communities by selling the beautiful fruits and vegetables they grow at the beloved farmer's markets, co-ops, and restaurants in the area.

Tune in as we chat with Eden Olsen, farmer and owner of Lucky Crow Farm in Monmouth. Eden tells us exactly why it’s important to support local organic growers: and it’s not just about local economic stimul...

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November 28, 2022 42 mins

Are you ready for a fresh episode of Closing the Gap? 


Today we have OSU graduate Carolina Guillen, on the podcast. Carolina immigrated with her family to the United States from Mexico as a teen. We will talk about her experience growing up in Albany, Oregon, and receiving her bioengineering degree at Oregon State University.


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November 13, 2022 44 mins
What is the importance of a good education?    Join us as we talk to Dr. Ramycia McGhee, a literature professor at LBCC and an educator with Oak Creek Correctional Facility, as we find out how education and continued learning can make a difference in a young person’s life.   You can find the entire Closing the Gap Library on our website:   Music by: Bosnow 
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October 11, 2022 29 mins

Are you curious about how automation robots work? Join us as we talk to Breanna Allen, an automation engineer, whose job it is to maintain automation robots and systems. As an automation engineer at Precision Castparts Corporation, Breanna keeps automation systems operating with maximum efficiency. 


Listen to this episode and find out what it’s like to be an automation engineer!


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September 27, 2022 31 mins

Thanks for tuning in for this episode of Closing the Gap. Today on the show we are talking to, physicist, Amber Barber. 


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September 12, 2022 36 mins

We are kicking off our third season of the show with, Missy Smith, Associate Athletic Director at Oregon Episcopal School, and the organizer of the Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit. Join us as we talk about bringing the spirit of leadership onto the court and into the classroom!


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July 18, 2022 33 mins

This month on Closing the Gap, we have Audrey Anderson. Audrey is a culinary arts instructor at LBCC, a business owner, as well as a firefighter trainee. Join us as we discuss Audrey’s expertise in time management and pursuing multiple careers! 


Audrey’s episode will be the last episode of the summer, but we will be back with all-new episodes of Closing the Gap in September. While you’re waiting, feel free to binge our back catal...

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June 13, 2022 41 mins

June brings a new episode of Closing the Gap. This month, we have West Albany High School’s Tori Thorp, Oregon’s 2022 Student Journalist of the Year, with us one last time before she heads off to college! Tori interviews Marley Parker, a science communicator who does photojournalism on science expeditions while traveling to the far reaches of the planet.

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May 16, 2022 30 mins

Join us for this special episode of Closing the Gap. This month on the show, we are speaking with Alaina Percival, co-founder, and CEO of Women Who Code. Alaina discusses the importance of diversifying in the tech industry, why women should pursue careers in tech, and what types of resources Women Who Code has to offer women looking to start a career in the tech industry.  This is an important discussion you will not want to miss!


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April 18, 2022 31 mins

Professor of Forest Management and Policy, Mindy Crandall, joins us on Closing the Gap today. 

Join us as we talk about her experience in school, where her career had led her to this point, and gain some insight into some of the challenges she has faced when it comes to pursuing education and careers in forestry. 


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March 21, 2022 24 mins

In this episode of Closing the Gap, we talk to Oceanography Ph.D. student, Jennifer Wong-Ala.  Jennifer was born and raised in Hawai'i and moved to Oregon to pursue her master's degree and Ph.D., join us as we discuss what that cultural transition was like, and her experience pursuing an education at OSU. Jennifer also gives us some great book recommendations. 



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February 21, 2022 58 mins

Advocate for access, education, representation of Indigenous Americans in tech, Robin Maxkii, joins us on Closing the Gap today. 

Join us as we talk about her experience in school, where her career had led her to this point, and gain some insight into some of the challenges Indigenous Americans face when it comes to pursuing education and careers in tech. 


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February 7, 2022 36 mins

On this episode of Closing the Gap, we are joined by Dr. Lisa Avery the President of Linn-Benton Community College. Join us as we discuss why pursuing post-secondary education is important and the role community colleges play in the areas they serve. 


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