This Saturday, SUNY Jamestown Community College, in conjunction with Dream It Do It WNY, will host Girls in Manufacturing Day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Manufacturing Technology Institute campus.
Dream It Do It WNY Girls in Manufacturing Day invites girls ages 9-14 to learn about career and educational paths in manufacturing. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in experiential skilled trades activities and hear from women in the community who hold leadership positions in the manufacturing industry.
“Manufacturing faces a skills gap, and part of that is the under-representation of women in the industry,” explains Francine Rondenell, director of Chautauqua County Dream It Do It. “Creating interest in future careers among girls is a priority to ensure manufacturers in the region can attract, retain and advance women into skilled positions. Organizing events like Girls in Manufacturing Day gives young women and their parents the opportunity to learn by doing what manufacturing is like today.
While women make up about 47% of the total workforce, they make up only about 30% of the 15.8 million people employed in manufacturing industries. Only 1 in 4 leaders in the manufacturing industry is a woman. Girls in Manufacturing Day is one of many programs run by Dream It Do It WNY to communicate the importance of women in manufacturing.
“Events like Girls in Manufacturing help teenage girls feel comfortable with the idea of a career in manufacturing,” notes Melissa Paduano, program manager for SUNY JCC Workforce Development. “Our college skilled trades programs are seeing an increase in female students, which helps these girls see female representation in these male-dominated programs. The collaboration of these two efforts is so important to working towards equal representation in the industry.
Girls attending this event are encouraged to bring an adult to share the experience. For more information on this event or to register, email Francine Rondenell at [email protected]