On Dec. 14, the Goldendale Agriculture Department hosted a Non-Traditional Careers event.

Thirty-four female FFA members participated in the Women in Trades Event in which they took part in 5 stations related to electrical, masonry, mechanics, plumbing and welding. The female students worked with seven industry professionals: Dillon Brown, Gary Burgess, Jaimie Burgess, Jeremy Tatro, Paul Gregg, Sara Link and Trevor Keith. In addition to the seven industry professionals, five Advanced Agricultural Mechanics students assisted in the event.

“I really enjoyed the welding. The instructor, Trevor Keith, helped me individually with my project and taught me how to use the welder correctly. The Women in Trades really opened my eyes to things I thought I didn’t like and let me give them a try,” commented Audrey Hill, FFA member.

After the event, participants were able to ask the professionals questions about their trade during a lunch panel. As stated by FFA President Sandra Crook, “I was able to ask questions to the person actually doing the job. It gave me a new outlook on my future.”

The purpose of this event was to encourage females to take agriculture mechanics and power structures courses at GHS and possibly pursue careers in the trades.

As stated by Katrina Mason, Women in Welding participant and Goldendale FFA Jr. High President, “This event helped us explore jobs that most women don’t choose to go into. I had the opportunity to try jobs I hadn’t even thought about going into. I saw that I have an interest that I want to continue learning about.”

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