Young women explore crafts, technology and transportation

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – There is a labor shortage in trade, technology and transportation. This has been the focus of the past year in Tom Overlie’s “Critical Careers” series. The shortage affects business and industry, resulting in the loss of tens of millions of dollars.

A solution? Recruiting more young women into these high-demand, high-paying occupations. That’s what Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona is doing. With support from the National Science Foundation, the college offered a day for high school girls in grades 10-12 to explore career, technology and transportation opportunities.

Dawn Lubahn with Minnesota State College Southeast says, “All of our programs are two years or less, and you can graduate with a certificate and earn a living wage. Days like today (for high school women) are fun, practical, engaging programs that lead to really good jobs.”

More than 75 young women participated in today’s event. Coordinators say it shows how many young people are interested in pursuing promising careers in industries such as commerce, technology and transportation. You can check out these and other trades in critical careers.

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