Calhoun to Sponsor 7th Annual SWeEty Camp for Girls


The Calhoun Community College Tech Prep program will present the seventh annual Summer Welding and Electrical Technology (SWeETy) camp for girls during summer 2013.   The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 17-20, 2013, in the Aerospace Training Center on Calhoun's Decatur campus.  SWeETy camp is open to female students entering 9th through 12th grade.  Participation is free, but registration is limited to the first 20 applications.

SWeETy camp is sponsored each year by Calhoun's Tech Prep program and the Decatur —Morgan County Chamber of Commerce to help create awareness among high school girls of the high-paying job opportunities available in career and technical fields locally and around the country. Calhoun and the Chamber are working with local business and industry to interest more young women in area high schools in nontraditional, technical careers as part of an ongoing effort to create greater workforce diversity within these fields. 

The camp provides hands-on experiences in welding and electricity and helps students develop problem-solving skills and teamwork as they participate in instructor-led projects and field trips, and interact with women role models during industry sponsored lunches.  Students are challenged to break down stereotypes that may deter girls from pursuing technical professions as they are introduced to successful women who currently work in nontraditional fields and hear a number of convincing reasons why girls should consider technical careers.

The presenting sponsor for the 2013 camp is KBR.  T-shirt and lunch sponsors for the event are Ascend Performance Materials, BP, Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation, Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, M & D Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Meow Mix/Del Monte Pet Products and Tennessee Valley Training Center.

For more information about  the camp or space availability, contact Anita Baugher at /256-306-2671, or Gwen Baker at /256-306-2665. 

Also, visit the SWeETy page for more information and an application.

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