Northeast Wisconsin Technical College introduced middle school girls to potential careers in trade and technology Friday. The goal for the program is to teach them about jobs traditionally held by men.
On the campus of NWTC over 150 middle school girls are learning about electronics. Students like Carleigh Leisgang, an 8th grader taking part in the college’s annual Girls in Trades event.
“I’m here to look at different careers and see what’s out there,” said Leisgang.
“It is a chance to introduce some really smart and ambitious young people to a whole new world of opportunity for them,” said Dr. Morna Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System.
For the 9th year Green Bay area girls were invited on campus to learn about biomedical electronics, robotics, even masonry – careers traditionally filled by men.
“They get to try a different trade or job that they might never get the chance or opportunity to do so,” said Masonry Instructor David Pryes.
“There really is so much out there, so many opportunities for them,” said Molly Delsart of NWTC.
Electro-mechanical instructor Delsart says the event is about empowering these girls and showing them that trade and STEM careers are cool and pay very well.
“We can have a student have a $10,000 degree and they are leaving making $50,000 and more a year,” Delsart said.
“There’s great demand for people with these kind of skill sets and the pay is great and the flexibility is great,” Foy added.
And now students like Leisgang have learned what their futures could hold.
“It’s fun to see what kind of options are out there for me,” she said.