Career event opens doors for women in male-dominated industries
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For women seeking a different career path that can lead to higher salaries and rapid career advancement, Amarillo College wants you to think industrial.

The college again will host "Women in Industry," a day of career exploration to introduce more women to historically male-dominated industrial and technical degree fields the college offers including automotive technology, machining, industrial maintenance and welding.

The program runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday (March 31) at AC's East Campus, 1401 J Ave.

Registration for the program is required and is open through noon Wednesday.

The free career event includes breakfast and lunch. The only requirement is to show up Friday in closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeve shirt and jeans or long pants – a necessity since the career demonstration is a hands-on chance to "get your hands dirty," Claudia Arnold, senior advising associate with AC, said.

"If they want to do something technical but they don't know what, they can see what piques their interest more," Arnold said of the program's target audience.

In addition to hands-on experience, attendees will gain insight on different career fields from representatives of several businesses including ASARCO, Midwest Machine, Aarvark Automotive, Premier Truck Group and Phillips 66. Participants also will meet current students in AC's technical education programs.


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