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Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

For 26 years, girls GETT interested in trades

Scooter races cap week-long exploration camp for girls at Regina campus presented by SaskPower  

July 12, 2016 – Girls from grade six to eight will be attending week-long trades and technology camps at Saskatchewan Polytechnic this month, presented by SaskPower. Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) camps provide participants with a safe, supportive environment to explore the tools, equipment and skills needed for a trades and technology career.

GETT campers are taught axle building, carpentry and computer design skills as they create and assemble scooters. The Regina and Saskatoon campus GETT camp wraps up with a pizza lunch and fun competition on Friday, in which the girls race their scooters.

Sask Polytech launched GETT camps in 1991. These camps have reached more than 3,500 girls in grades six, seven and eight and have grown from one-day to five-day camps. They aim to demystify trades and tools as participants work on fun projects including woodworking, plumbing, auto body work and welding.

“GETT girls are encouraged to be inventive and problem solve,” shares Jessica Baldwin, Women in Trades & Technology (WITT) provincial facilitator. “The result is a week of girl-power where campers see themselves in an otherwise overlooked technology and trades occupation.”

Media are invited to attend:

REGINA   SASKATOON  
Event: Races and awards ceremony Event: Races and awards ceremony
Date: July 14, 2017 Date: July 14, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:

Regina Campus

Auto body Shop

4500 Wascana Pky
Location:

Saskatoon Campus

Carpentry shop

1130 Idylwyld Drive North

GETT camps are run by Sask Polytech’s WITT program. WITT was greatly influenced by the women who founded Saskatchewan Tradeswomen in the 1970s, a movement that eventually formed Saskatchewan Women in Trades and Technology. These women were leaders in a national movement to bring like-minded women together to remove barriers in traditionally male occupations. Sask Polytech’s WITT program has evolved over the past 30 years, but the goal remains the same: encourage and assist women interested in trades and technology careers.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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