Women tour non-traditional jobs in Great Falls

Posted at 2:23 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 18:17:16-05

GREAT FALLS – In Great Falls, dozens of women got a closer look at careers traditionally dominated by men on Tuesday.

The program is called Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations (WANTO).

The event was a partnership between several groups combined with a grant from the Department of Labor.

Women learned about careers in engineering, trades, architecture, and information technology.

Around 20 women went to companies like ADF International, Central Plumbing and Heating, and others to get a firsthand look at the workplace.

Heather Palermo, director of Lifelong Learning at Great Falls College MSU, said the overall reaction was very positive.

“There was a lot of great questions asked, a lot of engagement, a lot of people really thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to go back and probably talk to some of these companies and apply to them as well’ and that’s what we want to happen is get the women connected because sometimes that’s the hardest part of making that connection with the employer,” Palermo said.

About 50 women registered in total with a second session Tuesday evening.

Reporting by Joe Huisinga for MTN News