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Madison Trainor of Manitowoc learns how to use a belt sander with LTC Lab Technician, Steve Manthey at the TechGirls event.
Area girls in grades 6-10 recently participated in the TechGirls STEM career exploration camp at LTC.
CLEVELAND, WI —
Lakeshore Technical College recently hosted 24 area girls in grades 6-10 at their TechGirls science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career exploration camp. This unique event gave participants an opportunity to experience numerous STEM careers including Mechanical Design, Machine Tool, Welding and Auto Repair, which are typically non-traditional to women.
During this event, students engaged in hands-on demonstrations such as welding, operating a press brake, operating CNC machines as well as changing a tire. They had the opportunity to ask questions about each program and see firsthand what these careers entail while also learning the many career paths available with an education in STEM.
"It was a fun experience," said Madison Trainor, Manitowoc resident and Wilson Jr. High student. "I really liked learning how to change a tire because I feel like a lot of people don't know how to do that and now I do. I also liked the welding simulator because I've always wanted to try welding."
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nontraditional occupations for women are jobs in which 25 percent or less of the workforce are female. Many of these professions offer significant rewards for those specializing in them, including potentially higher salaries and better benefits, opportunities for advancement, ongoing on-the-job education and training and flexible work hours.
"Opportunities in these fields are growing especially for women," said LTC Dean of Manufacturing, Sheila Schetter. "This event is a great way for the girls to explore careers that they might not have thought about before. We're looking forward to holding it again next year and creating partnerships in the industry to enhance the event even more."
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
LTC, a nationally recognized technical college, was recently named a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. The college was also ranked the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, the #3 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #9 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by WalletHub.com, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.
Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.
*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Follow-up Report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.