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Workshop aims to encourage and support women in non-traditional occupations

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A workshop in support of women in non-traditional workplaces will be held Friday at MSU Billings City College campus.

A grant was funded to Career Institute by the Department of Labor Women's Bureau out of Helena to help promote non-traditional occupations for women in the workforce. That's according to Sydney Donaldson, enrollment services counselor at MSU Billings City College.

Donaldson said the Women in Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Occupations, or WANTO, said these non-traditional occupations are driven by men. The Department of Labor Women's Bureau would like women to know those opportunities are available for them as well. She said this workshop will open women's eyes to automotive, welding, construction, process plant technology, and all trade and industries that women may not consider as a career.

This workshop will be held this morning beginning at 8:30 a.m until 2 p.m. Donaldson explained why the community should see this as important.

"The community should care about this workshop because it's really great that we're hosting Billings, the largest city in this state," Donaldson said. "We're just promoting the opportunities for women for this workforce. These jobs are in high demand from any individual. We have employers coming to us and our program directors all the time looking for individuals in these trade programs, especially women and wanting women to know that these job opportunities are available to them as well."

The WANTO workshop is open to all women from freshman year of high school and up. The itinerary is filled with educational opportunities, including some hands-on demo portions among four different program areas.

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