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Event to Introduce Attendees to Nontraditional Careers

05.18.16

An upcoming Hill College event will allow participants to explore careers that they may never have considered.

            “Women in Technology /Men in Healthcare” will introduce participants to nontraditional career fields. The U.S. Department of Labor defines a nontraditional occupation as one in which 25 percent or less of a particular gender works. Such fields include nursing, childcare, welding and automotive technology.          

According to Hill College Career and Technical Education Dean Dr. Floretta Bush, the event will allow persons who may be considering their first career, or a career change, to broaden their options.

“Dismissing a job as a ‘woman’s job’ or a ‘man’s job’ can be self-limiting,” said Bush.  “Men who enjoy caregiving may want to consider a career as a nurse, while women who like working with their hands may enjoy the intricacy of a technical job.”

The event, Bush said, will allow participants to learn more about nontraditional careers and the training available for them. It will feature interactive previews, as well as an opportunity for attendees to meet program coordinators and current and former nontraditional students.

The college piloted the event last year as “Women in Technology,” featuring its automotive and welding programs. This year’s event will actually be two in one, explained Hill College Health and Community Services Dean Lori Moseley. “While women will have the opportunity to learn about traditionally male careers, the men will be introduced to health careers, which can be predominantly female.”

The Women in Technology portion will feature the areas of welding, automotive technology and criminal justice. The Men in Healthcare portion will highlight nursing, echocardiography and emergency medical services. Representatives from other programs, including computer science and HVAC, will also be on hand.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Hill College Cleburne campus Student Center and concludes with free hot dogs at noon. For more information, call 817-760-5904.