Women in Construction Day at SUNY Canton, April 12

Women in Construction DayThe SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology has created a one-day series of seminars for women who are considering careers in the construction fields.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Nevaldine Technology Center, instructors will be presenting the seminars in an effort to help eliminate the stereotype that construction is a “male-only” profession.

“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 participants are invited to choose from, according to Colleen Stone, Electromechanical Technologies Instructional Support Associate.

Classes being offered include:

  • Design a house with Robert Boak, Building Construction Instructor.
  • 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.
  • Make your own extension cord, as taught by Stone.

Some of the classes offer free tools and projects that participants can keep.

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.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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