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Engineering Firm Honors Female Scholarship Winners on South Coast During Movie Premiere

It’s not the Oscars, but there’s a movie event happening on the South Coast to honor scholarship winners.

YCE, a Ventura-based engineering firm, is rolling out the "green" carpet on Sunday afternoon. Two female students pursuing degrees in engineering and agriculture will be receiving scholarships.

The company’s founder and president Marta Alvarez -- a civil engineer herself -- says she hopes to encourage young women to pursue engineering.

"Being a woman engineer -- which is not your typical engineer -- I have a different perspective going into a project, I think, than most men would. And it's a good thing to have a different perspective. We add to it," she said.

The company won a contest to premiere the documentary “Dream Big – Engineering Our World,” and there are two showings at 2 pm and then 3 pm on Sunday at the Collection’s Century Riverpark 16 in Oxnard. Five-hundred people are expected to attend.