El Camino College Compton Center Hosts Technical Conference for Women

Techincal Conference for WomenEl Camino College Compton Center hosted a free “Girls & Women in Technology Conference" attended by 200 participants on May 2. This conference introduced women and girls to educational paths and jobs in non-traditional careers that offer high pay, great benefits and job security. Workshops were led by ECC Compton Center Career and Technical Education (CTE) Division faculty and community agencies. A job and resource fair were also on the day’s agenda.

The conference featured a panel discussion by women working in technical careers, moderated by Alejandra Torres, director of Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER). One of the guest panelists was Captain Sheila Hopper of the Compton Fire Department, who became the department’s first African American woman firefighter when she was hired in 1986.

Workshops covering various career fields will follow. These “hands-on” interactive workshops offered a look into career opportunities in areas such as welding; business; computer technology; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electronics; EMT/fire technology; aerospace fastener manufacturing; machining; and robotics, among others.

Participants had the opportunity to try out a variety of power tools and hand tools. Information on ECC Compton Center CTE programs, registered apprenticeships, and free job training opportunities was also be provided.

The conference was sponsored by the ECC Compton Center’s CTE Division, Career Pathways, Air Conditioning/Icebreakers Club, Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER), R.E. Michel Company, and Women in Technology (WIT), among others.

More information on the Career and Technical Education program may be found at http://www.compton.edu/academics/CTE/.

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