Where we get the participants Women Work! clients Workforce Center clients Current college students who are unsure of their career Public advertising Newspaper Radio High school students Brochure distribution
One day of information awareness Two days of business tours relating to the classroom careers they will be experiencing Two days of hands-on classroom experience How we do it
Day One: Information Awareness Day Specific program information is presented Description of support services available at the college Financial Aid information Process of application and enrollment
Days Two and Three: Business Tours Tour businesses relating to the careers participants will experience on their hands-on days Former graduates and program advisory council members are used when available Small group tours – no more than 8 women
Days Four and Five: Hands-on classroom experience Participants spend six hours in classrooms working on projects and gathering information about each program Each participant experiences two different careers
Hands-on classroom experience Carefully choose the instructors Female when you can Put time and effort into this part Participants should be able to take something home from each career area they experience – something they made
First part of classroom day … Instructors should explain the career Job opportunities Placement rates Expected wages Where the jobs are Safety issues Show and explain the machines and tools
Second part of classroom day... Instructors and classroom helpers (former graduates or work-study students) assist participants in their projects. Participants actually do the project themselves. They fully experience the career program.
Welding Design a project, draw it on CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine Program CNC to cut out the design from a sheet of steel on the plasma cutter Grind the cut-out to smooth the edges Weld the pieces together
Additional Career Programs Program participation is determined by availability of instructors and enrollment options for students
Horticulture and Landscaping Participants built a retaining wall, planted shrubs, worked in our greenhouse transplanting plants and shrubs Participants were able to take shrubs and plants home with them. Some made floral arrangements too.
Automotive Technician Participants learned how to change oil and change a tire They learned how the transmission works and they learned how the motor works The participants were able to connect vehicles to the computer to diagnose problems Participants took car tool kits home with them
Mechanical Drafting Participants were shown the process of drawing a design - blueprints, programming the computer for Machine Trades and making the product that was designed. Participants took home their blueprints
Machine Trades Each participants cut out two cubes from a block of steel Dice were made from the cubes through drilling and grinding
Law Enforcement Workshop participants learned how to dust for fingerprints Participants conducted Field Sobriety Tests on each other Breathalizer testing Organic Analysis – Crime Lab
Continued Support We can’t give these women hope for their future during the workshop and then forget about them when it is over
We continue with: one-on-one support referrals to the appropriate resources counseling career advising social program information being there for them when they need someone to talk to or discuss their educational options.
Statistics 110 women have attended in three years 60 women enrolled in college (55%) 27 women (of the 60) enrolled in nontraditional career programs (45%) 50% of participants enrolled in other career programs or liberal arts program at CLC 5% have enrolled in other area colleges
Instructors Between $150 and $250 per day per instructor. Include fringe benefits in budget Cost has gone up over the last three years. Pay is based on average pay per instructor at our college. They must work during their summer vacation so pay is increased slightly compared to their regular salary.
Advertising $150 per newspaper (2 runs) Used six area newspapers Brochures Cost varies from about $500 to $1,000 Varies if professionally developed or if we develop it
Food Approx. $12.00 per person per day Snacks in the morning, lunch and afternoon snack Transportation Bussing – approx. $500
Classroom Supplies – approx. $2,000 Tool kits Steel Chemicals Paper Plants and shrubs Paint Miscellaneous, etc.
Career test booklets and supplies Approximately $600 Inspirational/Motivational Speaker $300 to $600
Funding Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technology Education Act of 1998 grant funds Women Work! Affiliate (Meta-5) College support through staff time and in- kind funds Private Foundation Grant (Bremer Foundation) School-to-Work Grant funds
Quotes from evaluation surveys completed by the workshop participants
The best part of this workshop was: “A reason to get up in the morning” “Being with women only was not threatening to me” “Meeting new people and learning about different careers” “For me it was taking apart a computer and putting it back together. I never thought I could do that.”
“Welding was the best. I’d never done that before.” “Being able to do the hands-on projects – not just watching someone do it” “The teachers had an enthusiasm for teaching and they made sure each person participated”
“We learned through hard work and perseverance, that we could land a well-paying job” “Visiting the different work places, we got to talk to the people working and they explained what they did. It gave us a chance to experience the business before we actually worked there.”
“We walked away with a lot of ideas about our future making tomorrow look brighter”
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes Marcel Proust