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Female students learn of opportunities at ‘Women in Industry’ event

Cat3 Approximately 150 female high school students participated in “Women in Industry” on March 23 at Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex.

Elizabeth Creager wasn’t going to miss this year’s “Women in Industry” event at Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex.

“I wasn’t able to come to this last year, but I’m glad I came to this one because it helped me better understand some of the opportunities that are out there for women,” said Creager, who is a senior at Victoria East High School. “It’s good to see that a lot of the male-dominated professions are being infiltrated by women.”

Creager was one of approximately 150 female high school students who attended the event hosted by Victoria College on March 23. The students received information from several area industry representatives about careers available to women that have been traditionally dominated by men.

“The event was a huge success,” said VC Workforce & Continuing Education Director Sherri Pall. “Most of these young ladies came in here not realizing the opportunities that are out there for them. They left encouraged and inspired to not allow any preconceived limitations prevent them from pursuing a career in industry or any other field.”

Representatives from Dow Chemical, Caterpillar, INVISTA, Dairy Farmers of America, Victoria Electric Cooperative, INEOS, South Texas Electric Cooperative, BHP and Associated Builders & Contractors were at the event to inform the students about career opportunities.

“I loved it,” said Victoria East senior Jayla Akin. “I didn’t know that so many women could be in careers where there are so many more men. I am inspired to see there are a lot of women in these industries. It feels good to know that I can maybe someday help change that perspective.”