About 80 girls from northern Iowa high schools got a pep talk from women in science, technology, engineering and math fields at a gathering at North Iowa Area Community College last week. Carol Heaverlo, outreach program coordinator for Iowa State University's Program for Women in Science and Engineering, stressed to the students that they all have the ability to pursue a wide range of STEM-related jobs. "Actuaries are problem-solvers," said Michelle Rosel, a NIACC graduate and actuary at the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. "That's something I enjoy."

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