Women-centered career event in Great Falls next week

A partnership between several area organizations, combined with a federal grant through the Department of Labor and the State of Montana, is bringing a Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations, or WANTO, event to Great Falls on Feb. 12.

This event will highlight fields traditionally dominated by men, such as engineering, trades, architecture and IT. It will also connect women to local businesses that will showcase how women can find opportunities within these rewarding fields.

Participants can choose between two sessions on Feb. 12. The first is 7:30-11 a.m. and the second is 5:30-9 p.m. At both sessions, TLC childcare will be available to watch participant’s children.

The event will begin in Heritage Hall at Great Falls College MSU. From the college, a bus tour will depart to visit several local industry employers like Central Plumbing and Heating, ADF International and L’Heureux, Page, Werner. This will allow the participants to meet women already working at these companies, while also hearing about other opportunities in Great Falls as the bus travels to each location.

“Often, women are not aware of occupations or apprenticeships that they would excel in that are typically dominated by men,” Heather Palermo said in a release. Palermo is the director of Lifelong Learning at GFCMSU. “Our goal is to break down any barriers there might be and connect women to high-wage and exciting fields.”

In addition to the bus tour, participants will hear from several local women speakers in different industries and employers. Speakers will include representatives with the Great Falls Apprenticeship office, Sletten Construction and Cascade Electric. A career fair will be set-up in Heritage Hall, so before and after each session, women can talk to representatives from local businesses.

Registration is free and open to women ages 16 and older who are curious about opportunities in non-traditional occupations. For more information contact, Jolene Schalper with the Great Falls Development Authority by calling 406-750-4481 or email at jschalper@gfdevelopment.org.

Register here.

The WANTO event is being hosted by the Great Falls Development Authority, Great Falls College MSU, Great Falls Job Service, Great Falls Public Schools, the Home Builders Association and Great Falls Builders Exchange.

Career Training Institute is the service provider for this event and the U.S. Department of Labor – Women’s Bureau is the funder.