Tricounty News

6th-grade girls attend Diva Tech

More than 130 sixth-grade girls from Foley, Holdingford and Kimball, started a semi-truck, tested water, designed a Web site, and learned what it's like to work in aeronautics and firefighting during Diva Tech at St. Cloud Technical College recently. Diva Tech is a one-day workshop that introduces girls to non-traditional careers. A non-traditional occupation is a profession where women make up 25 percent or less of total employment. The girls spent the day on the technical college campus, moving from lab to lab as they learned about medium/heavy truck repair, firefighting, plumbing, water environment technology, and careers in the energy field. In one session, they learned how electricity works by hooking wires to a hot dog and a coffee can with an egg on top to heat the food. The Minnesota Science Museum also gave a presentation on Antarctica. Workshop leaders were mostly women, some who are employees or alumni of St. Cloud Technical College. Xcel Energy, Crafts Direct, St. Cloud Center of Tae Kwon Do, and the St. Cloud Fire Department provided session leaders and materials. "This is really a partnership," said Jackie Bauer, program coordinator. The whole idea is to educate girls on careers traditionally pursued by men," added Bauer. "They can accomplish any career they choose." St. Cloud Technical College has hosted the event for the past six years during the week when traditional students are on spring break.