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Vermont Works for Women (VWW) and Burlington Technical Center (BTC) were thrilled to host the annual Career Challenge Day on Wednesday, May 11th – especially in person after our more recent virtual adaptations!

We welcomed 56 girls and gender-expansive students from 8 different schools for a day of hands-on exploration and connection at BTC.

Visiting students learned about seven of BTC’s programs by meeting instructors and current students, getting their hands on special tools, and experiencing a taste of common projects in each of the different fields: 

  • Auto Body Repair & Auto Science and Technology – identifying a vehicle’s production date and tire size, taking tire pressure, and gauging tread depth 
  • Aviation & Aerospace – troubleshooting faulty circuits on a model airplane, using alligator clip wires to turn on safety lights and the propeller  
  • Culinary Arts – decorating cupcakes using different techniques, tools, and supplies  
  • Design & Illustration – learning to screen print and use Photoshop  
  • Digital Media Lab – touring the music and filmmaking spaces  
  • Homeland Security & Criminal Justice – using Kahoot to investigate a case    
  • Pre-Tech Innovation, Technology & Design – creating a 3-D house or castle from laser-printed paper and circuit a mini light to hang inside 

Check out NBC5's news coverage of the event:

BTC’s Sending Schools: AD Lawton Middle School • BFA Fairfax • Brown’s River Middle School • Burlington High School • Camels Hump Middle School • Champlain Valley Union High School • Charlotte Central School • Choice High School • Christ the King School • Colchester Middle/High School • Edmunds Middle School • Essex Middle/High School • Frederick Tuttle Middle School • Folsom School • Hinesburg Community School • Hunt Middle School • Milton Middle School • Mt. Mansfield Union High School • Rice Memorial High School • Shelburne Community School • South Burlington High School •  The Schoolhouse Learning Center • Westford School • Williston Central School • Winooski Middle/High School

Special thanks to our partner: