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Students Will Learn about Technical Careers during Free Summer Camps at Calhoun Community College

5/10/2011

Decatur, AL - Great careers are currently available in a number of technical fields, and throughout the nation efforts are underway to create greater workforce diversity within these fields. Calhoun Community College is working with local business and industry to interest more young women from area high schools in nontraditional, technical careers and will again offer two free and fun summer opportunities to help spark that interest.

During the week of June 20-23 , 2011, Calhoun will partner  with the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce to present the fifth annual Summer Welding and Electrical Technology (SWeETy) Camp for ninth through twelfth grade girls.   This free summer camp experience will be available to the top twenty applicants from city and county high schools in Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties.

The SWeETy camp will offer girls a unique opportunity to learn, hands-on, about technical skills that can lead to high-paying, satisfying careers in high growth industries. The camp will provide hands-on experiences in welding and electricity and will help students develop problem-solving skills and teamwork as they participate in instructor-led projects, field trips and interact with women role models during industry sponsored lunches.

Presenting sponsor for the 2011 camp is KBR.  Lunch sponsors for the event are Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation, Kinder Morgan Terminals, Meow Mix/Del Monte Pet Products and Tennessee Valley Training Center.  Tee shirt sponsors are BP, Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation, Tennessee Valley Training Center and United Launch Alliance.

Also during the week of June 20-23, young, high school-aged women will once again have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities available to them in the process industries. Process industries take raw materials and transform them into finished products through the use of a chemical and/or a physical process. 

The Science and Technology Preview (STeP) summer camp is an opportunity for young women who are juniors or seniors in high school  to learn about  high tech careers in a non-traditional field. The STeP summer camp is free to the first 20 students who apply, and pre-registration is required. The purpose of the camp is to encourage young women to see the value of a career in process or chemical technology, and to urge them to prepare now for a rewarding future.  Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. 

"High tech jobs are both high paying and have the best opportunity for growth in the next decade. However, many young women do not realize that these career paths are open to them because of negative stereotypes and a lack of good role models. The STeP summer camp will introduce and help them "step up" to a career in the process industry field," said Baker.

Both the SWeETy and STeP summer camps will include presentations from women working in technical careers, hands-on experimentation and field trips to related industries.  Hours for both camps will be from 8:30 until 3:00 each day and both will be held at the Aerospace Training Center on Calhoun's Decatur campus. 

Pre-registration for both camps is required, and applications are currently being accepted. Enrollment will be limited to 20 for each camp. For more information about the STeP or SWeETy summer camps, contact Anita Baugher at abaugher@calhoun.edu /256-306-2671 or Gwen Baker at gzb@calhoun.edu /256-306-2665.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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