Women in Construction Day at SUNY Canton, Nov. 10

A day at SUNY Canton specifically for women aims to eliminate the stereotype that construction is exclusively a man’s career choice and will present future training and employment options.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 10 in Nevaldine Technology Center, instructors from the Canino School of Engineering Technology will be presenting Women in Construction Day.

“We will be offering hands-on projects that will highlight several of our key programs in the building and construction trades,” said David Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We hope to attract more non-traditional workers to the construction fields with the hopes of showing what options are available upon re-entering the workforce or when seeking new careers.”

The day is comprised of four separate classes that guests are invited to choose from, according to Colleen Stone, Electromechanical Technologies Instructional Support Associate.

Each attendant can pick one of the following classes:

  • Make your own extension cord, as taught by Stone.
  • Surveying instruction with Paul Hitchman, Civil Engineering Technology Instructional Support Associate.
  • Pipe soldering and copper pipe art with Marty Clark-Stone, Associate Professor of Electrical Construction.
  • Design a house with Robert Boak, Building Construction Instructor.

“Each guest gets to build a project that is theirs to keep,” Stone said. “And everyone will get a small set of tools free of charge.”

This event is free and open to women of all ages, but space is limited to 15 people per class. Please pre-register with Stone by calling 386-7378, or emailing stonec@canton.edu. Childcare will be available courtesy of the Early Childhood program, and lunch will be provided free of charge.

The Women in Construction Day is funded through a Community College Workforce Development Training grant that supports programs at several colleges in addition to SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton also offers the annual Women in Engineering Day specifically designed to encourage high school and college aged women to consider careers in engineering and technology. Women in Engineering will be held again in spring 2008.


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