2009-02-12 / News

Women's commission holds non-traditional career day

The Rhode Island Commission on Women will hold the second annual Girls' Non-Traditional Trades Event on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New England Laborers Construction Career Academy in Cranston. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

Middle and high school girls attending the event will have the opportunity to try hands-on construction skills, as well as meet, work with and listen to, women currently working in the trades as carpenters, electricians, laborers and bricklayers, among others. Girls will talk with program specialists regarding requirements for enrollment in union apprenticeships, career and technical centers and technical institutes of higher learning.

"There are some great programs out there to educate kids about the trades, but there was nothing specifi cally geared toward girls," said Shanna Wells, director of the Rhode Island Commission on Women.

Providing the location, handson skills, tools and materials are the New England Laborers Union, Carpenters Local 94, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 99, Allied Bricklayers, Local 1, Operating Engineers and the RI Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention/Lead Abatement Program. Apprenticeship and educational information is provided by the unions, Davies Career and Technical Center, New England Technical Institute, Community College of Rhode Island and the Steel Yard.

Other program partners include, the National Association of Women in Construction, The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, Big Sisters of Rhode Island, the College Crusade and the YWCA Northern RI.

For more information or to preregister for the event, contact the RI Commission on Women at 401- 222-6105 or via email at swells@ ricw.ri.gov.

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