Although it’s an outdated notion, some may think that only men can become electricians or work in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field. These people are seriously misinformed. Women are more than capable of enrolling in technical training schools and picking up the skills they need for long careers practicing their preferred trade.
Plenty of women are proving that technical schools are no longer boys clubs. In fact, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College recently held an on-campus workshop to attract even more female students to its apprenticeship program, WBAY reported.
Students who enter this program need no prior experience, and the course follows an earn-while-you-learn format, according to the school’s website. Training is available in 14 building and industrial trades, including carpentry, plumbing and masonry.
Among the female students currently enrolled in the program is Mandy Dombrowski, an electrical apprentice. She loves the trade, including the fact that she’s tackling a new challenge every day.
“You think, you troubleshoot,” Dombrowski told the news source. “It’s a lot of different things, not one thing sitting at a desk. You go to different job sites all the time.”
Dombrowski added that people don’t realize how many career options await people following the completion of the apprenticeship program.
“There’s so many different areas you can go into,” she said.
Todd Kiel, the college’s apprenticeship manager, told the news outlet that the school would like to see the number of women taking part in the program grow from 10% to 25%.
It’s uncertain if the college will be able to achieve its goal. What is a known fact is that both men and women need to let go of the stereotypes of yesteryear and pursue their true passions.
Are you a woman who’s considering taking courses through technical training schools? If so, let us know what trade appeals to you the most in the comment space below.