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RRC Polytech is hosting a Girls Exploring Trades and Technology camp for the first time in three years

Summer Schools have always been a beneficial way to spend the summer for most students in Manitoba. Usually, summer schools are for extra educational material or credit repair. On the other hand, the Red River College summer program takes a very different approach to summer schools.

The Red River College (RRC) is hosting a very practical and creative summer program after the interruption that happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means the RRC Polytech’s “Girls Exploring Trades and Technology” (GETT) camps are finally back in the area. This summer’s camp is believed to be the best of all the once-held camps and possibly “better than ever.”

The camp is for teenagers aged twelve to fourteen to explore all the different specialties, such as transportation trades, woodworking, cabinetmaking, robotics, plumbing, welding, and masonry, a specialty taught for the first time in the camp’s history. The most incredible thing about this camp, though, is that the activities and training are completely free, providing a joyful way to give the girls a chance to explore all of the applied and technological skills while giving them an open list of future career choices without financial barriers in mind.

During an interview with the Dean of the School of Skilled Trades & Technologies, Derek Kochenash, he said, “The GETT camps are a great way to introduce trades and technologies to girls, allowing them to develop new hobbies or interests that can turn into a career they may not have considered, the popularity of this year’s camps shows that the stigma of women in trades is on its way out, and it’s more important than ever to continue to provide safe spaces for girls to explore careers that are rewarding, challenging, and creative.”

“I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, and I want to do something in these trades, I think” that was what Rebecca Taylor, an attendant of the camp, answered after being asked about exploring these different trades throughout the GETT Camp.

Many teenagers face difficulty choosing a job or a career they enjoy, and most of the time, they waste time exploring their interests after graduating high school. But, the GETT Camp is there to give all of these young adults more options to choose from for their future careers.


Sources:
https://www.rrc.ca/news/2022/07/06/girls-exploring-trades-and-technology-camp-returns-for-the-first-time-since-2019/

– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.

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