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PROMOTING STEM & TRADES CAREERS

Due to COVID-19, Vermont Works for Women will be postponing our annual in-person career exploration conference for high school girls and gender non-conforming youth to the Fall of 2022. 

In the mean time, we would love your help:

  • If you are an educator or school staff person who helps bring students to the conference (whether via registration, chaperoning, logistics, finances, etc.) please share your thoughts via this form to help us continue to design and deliver an event that best serves students and schools.
  • If you are a past sponsor, exhibitor or other program supporter and you would like to be kept in the loop about upcoming opportunities to support Women Can Do 2022, please email Maisie Howard, Director of Development & Communications for more details. 

 

Fall 2022 will be here before we know it. Students will once again get to try their hand at new skills under the Action Expo tent – program a robot, use a crosscut saw or belt sander, operate a flight simulator. They will meet industry professionals, and hear directly from women and gender non-conforming individuals what it’s like to work in careers where their gender is often under-represented.

Women Can Do exists because “you can’t be what you can't see” and we know it’s more important than ever to introduce high schoolers to the myriad career options before them, and inspire them to dream big about their futures. We can’t wait for The Big Day to be back! We hope to see you at Women Can Do in 2022! 

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Check out highlights from the 22nd year of Women Can Do!

VIRTUAL ACTION EXPO

Check out the Virtual Action Expo! This year, the Expo was an online video gallery where Vermont professionals and students shared stories, demonstrations, and advice about their non-traditional passions and careers!

INTERVIEW WITH VERMONT SENATOR KESHA RAM

Vermont Senator Kesha Ram

Vermont Senator Kesha Ram

A trailblazer is someone who is the first to do something and paves the way for others to follow. We were thrilled to have trailblazer Vermont State Senator Kesha Ram, who is the first woman of color and youngest woman in history to have a seat in the Vermont Senate, join us for a conversation on Instagram Live for Women Can Do! Watch a recording of the interview to hear Senator Ram discuss her career in politics, her inspirations and advice for how young people can get involved in their community. 

virtual job shadow with beta technologies

Have you ever wanted to fly? Are you interested in aviation and renewable energy? Watch our virtual job shadow with BETA Technologies, where we got a behind the scenes look at the Vermont aerospace company, learned about the different roles within the company and heard from five female employees about their career journeys.

Tech Student Spotlight

Students enrolled in tech center programs in Vermont shared their stories with VWW for Women Can Do! In their own words, they discussed what their tech center program is like, what they are interested in, what it is like to be a female in a typically male-dominant field, and what they aspire to do in the future. Check out all of the student spotlights on our Instagram channel @rosiesgirlsvt. 

Alexis, Tech Student Spotlight, Women Can Do

Meet Alexis! She is enrolled in the Industrial Mechanics and Welding program at Hartford Area Career and Technology Center.

For Educators: Career Paychecks Activity

Vermont Works for Women’s Career Paychecks activity combines career exploration with an introduction to personal finance designed specifically for female and gender non-conforming students. Students can build an understanding of the salaries associated with careers, the education or credential paths to access that career, and the income levels needed to support different family types in Vermont. Particular focus is paid to careers and sectors nontraditional for women and gender non-conforming individuals.
 
All Activity materials are accessible in a Google Folder, and include over 60 “career paychecks”, budgeting templates, Flipgrid video discussion topics, a full slide deck, and general resources to talk with students about how their career choices impact their personal finances.

Women Can Do

From Our Youth

Student, Women Can Do

Learning about the amazing opportunities I have in STEM is amazing and it's great to know that I have just as many opportunities as men do.

Student, Women Can Do

Student, Women Can Do

I like the hands-on work like woodworking or power tools, and a lot of times I feel like I can't get a lot of opportunities to use them.

Student, Women Can Do

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS