FOR MEDIA: SWeETY Camp at Calhoun opens doors to high school girls interested in skilled trade industry careers
What: The Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce will host the Summer Welding & Electrical Technology (SWeETy) Camp for 9th – 12th-grade girls from area schools. The goal is to offer girls an opportunity to learn hands-on about technical skills that can lead to high-paying, satisfying careers in high growth industries. After first learning the importance of safety when working with electrical mechanisms and welding, the group learns many intricate parts that go into both welding & electrical technology, such as various welding processes and procedures, and electrical wiring parts and components.
The free camp features approximately 20 students who will participate in instructor-led projects, field trips, and interact with women role models during industry-sponsored lunches. This is the Chamber’s 14th year hosting SWeETy Camp, and more than 360 students have graduated from the program.
Go Build Alabama will be part of this year’s program, highlighting the need for skilled workers in the trade industry. The Go Build Alabama initiative intends to educate young people on the value of learning a trade, dispel negative misconceptions about the construction industry and inspire them to consider building a career as a skilled construction tradesman. In Alabama, only a little more than 10 percent of the construction workforce is female, and for every four people who leave the trades, only one replacement is supplied by apprenticeship programs.
The week-long program is presented by Indorama Ventures of Decatur.
Who: Local students and instructors will be available to discuss their work during the camp.
When: Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Calhoun Community College, Decatur Campus
For Media: Please contact Grant Thompson to RSVP at (256) 783-4420. There are activities and projects throughout the day, so please contact the Chamber to arrange a window of time.