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Calhoun, chamber offering technology camps for girls

On June 18-22, Calhoun Community College and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce will present the Summer Welding and Electrical Technology Camp for ninth- and 10th-grade girls.

This free summer camp will be available to the top 20 applicants from city and county high schools in Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties.

Area high school counselors are selecting students for the camp, where students will learn about the opportunities available to women in the technology-based work force of the future.

The camp will offer girls an opportunity to learn, hands-on, about technical skills that can lead to high-paying, satisfying careers in high-growth industries.

The camp will provide hands-on experiences in welding and electricity. It will help students develop problem-solving skills and teamwork as they participate in instructor-led projects, field trips and interact with women role models during industry-sponsored lunches.

June 25-29, high school-aged women will once again gather at Calhoun to learn about career opportunities available to them in process industries. Process industries take raw materials and transform them into finished products through the use of a chemical and/or a physical process.

The Science and Technology Preview summer camp is an opportunity for young women to learn about a high-tech career in a non-traditional field. The camp is free to the first 25 students who apply. Student must pre-register.

The Center for the Advancement of Process Technology, a national center funded, in part, through a National Science Foundation grant, sponsors the camp. The purpose is to encourage young women to see the value of a career in process or chemical technology.

The college’s Process Technology Program hosts the science and technology summer camp because a large number of industries that hire process technology graduates are nearby. BP, Solutia, Nova Chemicals and other local process industries are co-hosting the event.

Both summer camps will include presentations from women working technical careers, hands-on experimentation and field trips to related industries. Hours for both camps will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Aerospace Training Center.

Application deadline for both camps is April 27. Contact Carol Scott at cas@calhoun.edu or 260-1439 or Gwen Baker at gzb@calhoun.edu or 306-2665 for more information.

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