November 24, 2008

AT&T funds support career event

WNC Grant to Help Young Women

Kris Wells of AT&T presents a check to President Lucey
Kris Wells of AT&T presents a check to President Lucey

Thanks to a grant from AT&T, Western Nevada College will be able to provide a new avenue for young women to learn about college and potential careers. A $10,000 grant will fund a "Women in Non-Traditional Career Day, Sponsored by AT&T" to introduce 450 ninth grade students and their teachers to higher education possibilities through a day on the WNC campus in Carson City.

Next spring, the college will invite 30 high school freshmen from each of the 15 service area high schools to hear presentations from successful local women in the non-traditional careers of science, criminal justice, welding, construction technology, automotive repair, machine tool technology, engineering, drafting, and electronics.

"We are dedicated to providing workforce opportunities to as many communities as possible, and Western Nevada College's program to expose women to non-traditional careers brings the meaning of job-shadowing to a whole new level," said Kris Wells, AT&T External Affairs Area Manager. "We are proud to partner with them as they help build careers for women in all fields."

Also planned for the program are information on leadership opportunities and a student panel addressing challenges, stereotypes and strategies for academic and personal success. Participants will enjoy a luncheon with a keynote speaker.

"Our goal is to motivate this group of young women to explore non-traditional career fields, become an active member of their high school community and continue their education beyond high school," said Helaine Jesse, WNC vice president of Development and External Affairs.

Area high schools will be notified of the event closer to the date.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu


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