by Lindsey Morey
Originally published: July 21, 2016
While some teenaged girls are sipping on 7-11 slurpees or heading off on family vacations, about a dozen young girls from the Edmonton and the Heartland region made the most of their summer spare time and strapped on some steel-toed boots and hard hats as they dabbled in the trades.
The week-long summer camp, Young Women in Trades and Technology Trades (YWITT) Academy, offered by CAREERS: The Next Generation, had girls try their hand in machining, carpentry, welding, electrical and auto body work.
Not intimidated by high voltage or wires, Rudolph Hennig student Jessica Krause, 12, said she loved the electrician training and plans to take electrical and welding once she finishes her schooling.