Girls visit GCC for Women in Construction event sponsored by the GOISD’s Career Tech Education program.

Twenty-four sophomore and junior girls visited Gogebic Community College (GCC) and Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District’s (GOISD) building trades class project home in Bessemer as the final field trip of the Women in Construction events sponsored by the GOISD’s Career Tech Education program this school year.

The girls learned about safety at the worksite, including use of safety glasses and hard hats and then it was off to work. They had the opportunity to learn how to apply masonry stone on the front of the home, how to trim out an interior door, how to put up cement board siding on the exterior, and took a tour of the project home.

The Women in Construction events are designed to introduce female students to non- traditional career areas, such as the construction field,” noted Career Tech Education (CTE) Program Coordinator, Paulette Niemi. Earlier in the year, female students in Ontonagon County schools participated in a shed building project as part of their building trades program. The goal of the Women in Construction event is to give female students the opportunity to try out the CTE Construction classes and hopefully, interest some of them in taking the course during their high school years.

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