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College hosts young women in trades and technology camp for youth

April 22, 2022

In partnership with CAREERS The Next Generation, Medicine Hat College (MHC) hosted a young women in trades & technology camp on Apr. 21, designed to introduce high school students to a variety of skills in related courses.

Six students participated in the camp and built skills in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, information technology and built environment engineering technology. Projects ranged from creating copper keychains to designing a cabin’s interior.

Program coordinator for CAREERS The Next Generation, Kristi Liboiron, states that they have been running similar camps across Alberta in an effort to connect students with the industry. The organization works closely with the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), allowing students to earn high school credits while working toward their apprenticeship.

“Our goal is to give the students who aren’t always given the chance, a shot at the trades,” says Liboiron. “We work closely with employers to place students in apprenticeships and internships.”

The advantage of the young women in trades and technology camp for students is they are exposed to careers that they have not experienced in high school, mentions Donna Kirchner, field director for the organization. She adds that with many of the camp’s sessions at MHC led by successful women in the trades, proves to the students that a career in the trades is possible for women.

“We have come a long way with Women in Trades, but we still need to break the barriers in the industry.”

To explore programs offered in MHC’s School of Trades & Technology, please see this link: