Recently, female students from the Medford Vocational Technical High School (MVTHS) attend a “First in the State, Girls in Trades Conference & Career Fair”, held at the IBEW, Local 103, Headquarters in Dorchester, Massachusetts, co-hosted by Minuteman Regional Technical High School and Wynn Everett.
Medford Vocational Technical Students who attended the Conference included: Kristen Cimino, (Carpentry/Construction, Samantha Sigh, (Electrical); Anesia Gello, (Biotech); Mackenzie Grammer, (Electrical); Abigail Brady, (Carpentry/Construction); Marisa Hardy, (HVAC); Miranda King-Giannino, (Carpentry/Construction); and Tess Mauro, (Carpentry/Construction along with non-traditional career advisors Lisa Berube & Karley Perrin. The Conference addressed how females can enter traditionally male-dominated fields such as construction and carpentry. According to Jennie Peterson, Development Manager of Wynn Boston Harbor; “there is a need to bring more women into the trades and Wynn specifically has goals for hiring women as part of our construction force”.
Other speakers included: Amenyonah Bossman, Assistant Superintendent for Suffolk Construction, who indicated that she began working with her stepfather as a teenager remodeling homes and later obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Working as an apprentice carpenter, she did an internship with Suffolk Construction, became a project-coordinator, and now works as an Assistant Superintendent.
Samantha Dorwin, a senior student majoring in machine technology at the McCann Technical School in North Adams, and a national officer for SkillsUSA, stated, “I needed something that would set me apart when I decided where to attend high school”.
Frank Callahan, President of the Massachusetts Building Trades, AFL-CIO, explained, “Women need to feel welcomed and comfortable in a union hall or at a job site. The building trades are another avenue for women to realize a rewarding and high wage career. Our doors are wide open for you”.
Exhibitors included: Mass DOT, IBEW, Local 7, Wynn Resorts, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and SkillsUSA. Workshops were offered as well, both for students, as well as educators. In addition, a follow up presentation was announced that interested parents/guardians could attend at the New England Carpenters Training Fund in Millbury, Massachusetts, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. For further information, please contact Ham at Mnham@minuteman.org.