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December 14, 2012

Girl Tech builds holiday cheer

CHICKASHA — Girl Tech members brought some Christmas cheer to the residents at Shanoan Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Autumn Morgan, Frenchie Bradford and Jennifer Foulk helped residents make snowmen centerpieces for their tables for the Christmas holiday.

The snowmen are pieces of wood painted white and decorated to look like snowmen. Other members of Girl Tech helped with the construction of the craft pieces. The service and careers group made the wooden base, the automotive group painted them and the drafters helped with the snowmen decor.

Girl Tech is part of Canadian Valley Technology Center's program for women going into nontraditional fields for women.

Nontraditional fields can be defined as industries that are comprised of less 25% female workers, according to Gay Pettit, Career and Educational Support Counselor at Canadian Valley Technology Center and Girl Tech Coordinator.

In addition to helping women become skilled in these fields, Girl Tech also helps students build their resumes and find jobs, Pettit said.

Typically, women make less than men, Pettit said. Girl Tech aims to give women more higher level paid jobs. Girl Tech includes: auto service, computer aided drafting, computer information systems, welding, precision machining and service careers.

Going to Shanoan Springs is part of their community service project initiative. Pettit said that the members of Girl Tech are encouraged to do community service work on their own as well.

Because Girl Tech is part of a government grant, Pettit said it's important that students learn to give back. In addition, community service projects also help with soft skills such as communication. More company leaders are looking for these skills, Pettit said.

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