Vermont Works for Women and Randolph Technical Center partner to offer Career Challenge Day to all girls and gender-expansive youth in RTCC’s sending area.
Career Challenge Day is a free career exploration event for female and gender-expansive students in grades 6-9. Middle school students are invited to their local career and technical center for a day-long event where they meet the instructors of non traditional programs (programs where female identifying students comprise of 25% or less of students enrolled) and participate in hands-on activities to gain a better understanding of the courses, learning activities and corresponding career pathways. Career Challenge Day creates the opportunity for students to think broadly about their futures, explore in a fun and confidence-building environment, and consider incorporating career and tech center education into their learning journey.
RTCC’s Sending Schools: Braintree Elementary School • Brookfield Elementary • Chelsea Public School • Northfield Middle High School • Orange Center School • Randolph Elementary School • Randolph Union Middle High School • Rochester School • Sharon Elementary • Stockbridge Central School • The Newton School • The Sharon Academy • Tunbridge Central School • White River Valley Middle/High School • Williamstown Middle/High School
Career Challenge Day 2022 RECAP
Vermont Works for Women (VWW) and Randolph Technical Career Center (RTCC) were thrilled to host the annual event on March 9th, 2022 – especially in its traditional form after a very long hiatus. We welcomed 78 girls and gender-expansive students from 7 different schools for a full day of hands-on exploration and connection at RTCC. Check out NBC 5's news coverage of the event!
Visiting students learned about seven of RTCC’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:
Advanced Manufacturing – welding, plasma cutting, and an introduction to CAD
Culinary Arts – making (and enjoying) a perfect sushi roll
Electrical Technology – wiring an outlet
Diversified Agriculture – pulling logs behind the tractor, plasma cutting, and exploring the sugar house
Criminal Justice & Cyber Security – gathering evidence, solving crimes, and computer coding
Diesel Technology – changing a truck tire, starting an engine, and removing and installing pistons
Automotive Technology – lifting cars, changing tires, and checking fluids
I enjoyed learning about the opportunities that RTCC opens up for the future and how much money people who pursue these careers can make. I also enjoyed doing hands-on activities that were slightly out of my comfort zone or not something I would usually do.
Participant, RTCC Career Challenge Day 2022
Are your students interested in learning more about welding? Join VWW for camp this summer at Central Vermont Career Center in Barre! Rosie’s Girls WELD is open to girls and gender expansive youth entering 6, 7, or 8th grade in the 22-23 school year. Learn more and sign up today!
Career Challenge Day
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