Women in Trades Day with ECCA

This all-day celebration included opportunities to try hands-on learning, visit the classrooms, talk with current students and alumni as well as to meet and interact with area tradeswomen. Students in attendance came from Queensbury, Warrensburg, Hartford and Hudson Falls school districts.

ECCA Information Technology students allowed visitors to practice cable making, PC teardown and how to repair the details of virtual PCs, as well as small network building. Business and Entrepreneurship students showcased their SkillsUSA display projects and discussed how to write and deliver an elevator pitch. New Media students and the instructor allowed attendees to practice on a Mac computer, Photoshop layering techniques. Advanced Manufacturing students, a visiting alumni and an instructor spoke about the fact that we all need skills to manufacture just about everything in this world. They practiced moving robots created by the classes and discussed how to make an impact in the world to reduce, reuse and recycle for the future. 

Michelle Maddalla, Principal for Innovative Programs said of the day, “This event gave young women an opportunity to see themselves inside a broader range of possibilities. Attendees appreciated trying hands-on skills and interacting with local tradeswomen. Today’s message is not only that our programs offer training in lucrative skill sets but we are a community that values the contributions these students will make.”

The female panelists from Warren County Employment and Training, Mack Molding, Irving Tissue and Black Dog Designs discussed what critical changes industries can implement to make their work environments more accepting to the female population. Alumni were asked what inspired them to pursue the STEM field and what motivated them to achieve their success. They were asked what young women need to know when considering these career fields. They were asked what advice they would provide female students who are entering the workforce, and what advice they wish they heard prior to starting their position.

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