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Women in Manufacturing

In an effort to increase awareness and interest among women in non-traditional career programs, Waubonsee focused on Women in Manufacturing with the FY 14 New Look Project. The team’s goal was to learn more about women currently enrolled in non-traditional courses and create opportunities for them to hear from and network with female role models within the industry. Therefore, the  team coordinated a Women in Manufacturing panel discussion event, created gender specific marketing materials that provide positive messages about Manufacturing Technology as a non-traditional education and career option for women. The marketing materials will be used across Waubonsee’s four campus network, within area high schools and when networking within industry partners. Sustaining the project activities is vital, because when developing recruitment activities, interventions such as special programs were found to increase interest in the activities offered (Phillips et al., 2002).

Undeniably, the planned activities uncovered barriers and misconceptions about women in manufacturing and effective career guidance practices provide a realistic picture of actual on-the-job-activities (Dodson and Borders, 2006). While the team was focused on informing and identifying women in non-traditional careers, it was expected that this project would impact additional special populations. Moreover, the activities for this project align with other initiatives that Waubonsee is pursuing with similar goals to increase the amount of skilled workers in manufacturing and increase enrollment and completion in the area of manufacturing.

Ne’Keisha Stepney, Assistant Dean for Business and Career Technologies

Displaced homemakers, Economically Disadvantaged, English Language Learners, Nontraditional Training and Employment, Single Parents

Waubonsee Community College
FY 14 New Look Project Final Invoice
New Look Flyer
New Look Poster
Women in Manufacturing Panel Event Flyer
Women in Manufacturing Panel Event Agenda

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