LIMERICK PA – Some trades are stereotypically considered the domain of men. Jobs in metal working, carpentry and electrical work, diesel technology, and collision repair in the past have been primarily male in nature. Well, move over, guys; the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center hopes to shake things up.
The center, attended by students from the Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area and Upper Perkiomen school districts, will host a special program Nov. 12 (2015; Thursday) from 6-8:30 p.m. for female learners only at its 77 Graterford Rd. campus, to heighten awareness of “non-traditional participation in male-dominant programs.”
It’s being called, appropriately, “Girls’ Night Out,” and registration for the free event is available online now, here. Participation is limited to 105 individuals. Students in all three districts in grades 7-11 have already received a mailer from the center, inviting them to attend, and accompanying posters have been put up in their schools, center Administrative Director Chris Moritzen reports.
Several guest speakers will be featured to talk about career options and women in the workplace, including Marisol Lezcano, executive director of the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board.
But the heart of the night’s activity will be in the center’s labs and classrooms, which students can tour and “partake in some hands-on activities,” Moritzen said. In addition to the career fields listed above, the center also will show off education for jobs in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, protective services, commercial art, and automotive technology.
A 2013 report available from the National Women’s Law Center indicates that, at the time, female students made up “only a small percentage of students enrolled in the majority of (career and technical education) programs … that provide training for jobs in high-paying fields.” Preparing them for “traditionally male occupations,” such as the center hopes to do, “is critical to ensuring their economic security and to closing the wage gap,” the report said.
Illustration from the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center