Women In Trades Day

On December 1st, female students from the 9th and 10th grades participated in "Woman in Trades Day" at the Southern Adirondack Education Center. The purpose of this event was to expose young women to predominantly male-dominated careers. Students had the opportunity to connect with tradeswomen and engage in hands-on learning experiences in various Career and Technical Education programs, including Power Sports Technology, Welding, Construction Trades, and Conservation.

During the programs, the girls actively participated in activities such as operating a chainsaw, using a log splitter, driving nails into a board, and even disassembling an engine. Before embarking on their tours, students listened to inspiring presentations from female professionals currently employed at The Fort Miller Group, DA Collins, and Sportline Power Products. The presenters shared insights into their job responsibilities and discussed the experience of working in industries where males outnumber females. Despite each presenter having a unique story, the overarching message was consistent: women can excel in any industry when they set their minds to it.

To enhance the experience, attendees were treated to a delicious lunch, and each received a bag of goodies to take home, including safety goggles and a Women in Trades T-shirt. The event aimed to empower young women by showcasing that they can thrive in traditionally male-dominated fields with determination and skill.