18 Oct

For immediate release – October 18, 2013:

Windham Regional Career Center Students Attend 15th Annual Women Can Do Conference

The Windham Regional Career Center recently sponsored the attendance of nearly 40 female students at the 15th annual Women Can Do Conference at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center.

Women Can Do is sponsored by the Vermont Works for Women, a 25 year old organization whose mission is to help women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence.

This full day conference featured dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in trades and technology. Its intent was to expose young women to the unlimited career possibilities available to them within these fields and to additionally provide support to those women already enrolled in nontraditional programs in technical and career centers throughout the state of Vermont. Governor Shumlin was on hand to greet students, encourage them to achieve their goals and to express his hope that they remain Vermont residents as they venture on into their careers.

Mae Cramp women can do
WRCC senior Mae Cramp, of Williamsville, attends the “Power to the People” workshop during the annual Women Can Do Conference in Randolph, VT.

Workshops were taught mostly by women who are practicing professionals in their field. They were all hands-on, designed to give students the opportunity to try out real equipment and tools used in the workplace. This included such diverse activities as driving a bulldozer, operating a fire hose, and soldering a pipe. Workshops offered this year included titles such as Architecture and Engineering, Adventures in Map Making, Be the Next Mark Zuckerberg, Women Working in the Woods, and Talk, Text & Tweet with Telecommunications.

Anne Doran, Windham Regional Career Center counselor, has escorted students to all fifteen years of this conference. She sees real value in this event for the young women of the Career Center. Doran said “Our young women were exposed to a variety of activities that expanded their awareness of high tech, computerized and mechanical career opportunities that have usually been reserved for men. They were enthusiastically empowered by the community of over 500 female students gathered for this event.”

One student, Sarah Forrett from Brattleboro, shared that she “loved the action expo which allowed me to try many different activities such as soil judging and extracting DNA from plants.” Another student, Kayleigh Roberts, also from Brattleboro, said that she “loved that it was mostly hands on rather than just a place where we sit and listen.”

Leave a Comment