Calhoun's 2013 SWEeTY Camp


Calhoun Community College’s Tech Prep program is offering the7th consecutive year of its Summer Welding and Electrical Technology (SWeETy) summer camp for girls June 17-20. The camp will be held from 8:30 to 3:00 each day in the Aerospace Training Center on Calhoun’s Decatur campus.

SWeETy camp is sponsored by Calhoun’s Tech Prep program and the Decatur—Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.  Presenting sponsor this year’s camp is KBR.  T-shirt and lunch sponsors 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.

Interest in the camp has grown every year, and this year, it filled less than two weeks after registration opened.  Because of that, the Decatur Chamber will sponsor a second camp July 15-18 at Brewer High School in Morgan County.  That camp is co-sponsored by Contractor Service & Fabrication.

The goal of the camp is to help create awareness among high school girls of the high-paying job opportunities available in career and technical fields around the country.  In addition to the local campers from the north Alabama area, a young lady, from Peoria, Illinois, will be attending.
SWeETy 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 to 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.  Ms. Holley Thomas, a pipe welder with KBR, will make a special presentation to camp attendees on Thursday to share her experiences in the construction trades

For details on the Chamber’s July camp, call 256.353.5312.  For more information about future SWeETy summer camps at Calhoun, contact Gwen Baker at /256-306-2665.

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