BOCES seeks to close the skills and gender gap, all in one

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HUDSON FALLS, NY (NEWS10) – Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES says retail employers have a problem. It’s harder than ever to find workers with the skills they need, like welding and auto repair. They see it as an opportunity.

On Thursday, BOCES organized the second of two Women in Trades Days. About 35 students from eight school districts in the region visited the BOCES CTE center to hear from women business owners about what it means to be a woman in the trades; and what it means to have different expectations of you, even if you are able to do all the same jobs.

“The first thing my instructor said to me when I walked in – of course I’m the only girl in the class – he said, ‘Watch out guys, there’s a girl here,’ said Chris Edgerly, owner of TruArc and Adirondack Mechanical. Services. “Girls are the best welders. “

The girls there on Thursday got to see what it would be like to be a welder. They also got to try out circular saws in the carpentry shop, peek under the hood of some cars, and more. The program is a way to get new students to participate in BOCES mentorships that can lead to a number of jobs, from forestry to carpentry and everything in between.

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