A new opportunity to have middle and high school girls explore interests in traditionally male fields is taking shape for girls learning construction skills at camp.
At the Shelby County College and Career Center, the 2017 Girls Can Construction Camp, 15 girls learned about carpentry, welding, electricity, and plumbing. They also took a tour of the E.C. Gaston Electric Generating Plant in Wilsonville.
“Understanding that skilled trades are traditionally geared toward males, we want to ensure those female students interested in pursuing these professions have the opportunity to do so,” said camp director and Alabama Power workforce development specialist Tom McNeal.
According to McNeal, the 15 students represent most of the cities with schools in the Shelby County School system, and they were selected from many applicants.
“More parents are seeing the benefits of their daughters attending,” McNeal said.
“We typically target students earlier so that if they find one area that they’re truly drawn to, they can begin taking skills-specific classes their junior year of high school,” said SCCCC supervisor of career and technical education Julie Godfrey.