May 26, 2009
TORRINGTON, WY –
Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to be hosting the 4th Annual Nontraditional Career Fair on October 8, 2009 in Torrington, Wyoming. This fair is for high school girls in eastern Wyoming. This conference is sponsored jointly by the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues (WCWI) and Eastern Wyoming College. The purpose of this event is to show young Wyoming women well-paying, nontraditional careers that exist in the state.
This event was launched in 2006 in response to a report indicating Wyoming has the largest wage disparity by gender; Nontraditional Career Day is coordinated by WCWI’s Education Committee and the state’s community colleges on a rotating basis. The event not only addresses the wage gap, it provides information about training for and employment in careers in which women are under-represented, including the trades, technology and science fields.
Participants will hear from keynote speaker Jill Tietjen, a Colorado-based electrical engineer, consultant, community leader and co-author of the well-received 2008 book Her Story, which documents the stories of American women and their achievements since the 1500s. Tietjen is also the author of the Setting the Record Straight series, a history of women in accounting, engineering and professional achievement. She is considered on the nation’s top historians on women in science and technology fields.
According to Mike Durfee, EWC’s community education coordinator and the 2009 nontraditional career day chair, the 9 am – 2 pm event will also feature 8-10 breakout sessions led by successful women in nontraditional careers and will highlight some of the College’s successful programs.
“So far we have invitations out to a number of successful women. I think we will end up with a great slate of programming for these young ladies,” Durfee stated.
The Nontraditional Career Day is free of charge and will also feature relevant exhibitors and lunch will be provided. Lunchtime entertainment will be provided by the popular a capella group Moosebutter, known for its comedic parodies as well as its award-winning singing. Campus tours, door prizes and more are also planned for the day.
For more information about the Nontraditional Career Day, contact Durfee at EWC at 307.532.8323 or visit the WCWI website atWyomingwomenscouncil.org/about_the_wcwi/index.htm.