Missoula College to Host Trade Program for Underrepresented People

February 04, 2019

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Missoula College will partner with the YWCA’s Girls Representing in Trades (GRIT) Program on Friday to host an exploratory trades workshop for those underrepresented in the industrial technology industry – such as women and nonbinary and gender-diverse people.

The free event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Missoula College’s West Campus, 2795 37th Ave. Registration is required.

The workshop begins with a panel of trade representatives who will speak about entering trades workforces. Then female panelists will detail their experiences working in male-dominated fields. Participants then will rotate through five hands-on exploratory stations related to welding, construction, diesel technology, machining and heavy equipment operation.

“Careers in the trades can bring higher wages, better benefits, little-to-no student debt and even opportunities to get paid to learn,” said John Freer, director of MC’s Sustainable Construction Technology program. “What events like this bring is a chance for girls and women to learn about the career opportunities available to them within the trades directly from other women.”

In coming years, employers will need to fill more than 2 million middle-skill jobs – requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree – in advanced manufacturing, information technology and transportation. Despite the economic opportunity they present, the vast majority of such positions are occupied by men.

GRIT works to balance employment opportunities by empowering women and nonbinary and gender diverse individuals to consider trade- and skill-related careers.

For more information on the event, call MC Communications Director Kevin Trevellyan at 858-775-4412 or email ktrevellyan@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Kevin Trevellyan, Missoula College communications director, 858-775-4412, ktrevellyan@umontana.edu.