On the occasion of International Women’s Day, a conference was organized to explore the future careers of college girls.
The seventh and eighth grade girls from TK Stone Middle School traveled to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College on Tuesday to see what their future might hold.
“We want girls to see women in different roles in the community and the types of jobs they do and how their career paths have led them to what they are doing now,” said Karen Skees, organizer of the event for the school system. .
The You Go Girl conference is an annual event held at the ECTC, usually for TK Stone’s seventh grade girls.
Skees, the Elizabethtown Independent Schools Youth Services Coordinator, said last year’s conference was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To make up for this, eighth-grade girls were able to attend on Tuesday.
The conference has been held every year for 15 years, with the exception of last year, she said.
Skees said several professional women from the community came out to talk to students and lead workshops.
This year, seventh-graders took part in a rotation of four different workshops, including one focused on career choices with representatives from the military, business, health, engineering and banking.
The students also took workshops on healthy relationships from Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services, internet safety from the Elizabethtown Police Department and emotional IQ from Brighter Futures Counseling, she said.
The eighth-grade students in groups held different workshops, including one from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority on Educational Opportunities, Emotional IQ and Internet Safety workshops, and the students were also given a full tour of the middle School.
Partner Swope Family of Dealerships provided the ECTC Culinary Arts Department lunch for the students.
Skees said the conference was created through a partnership with former TK Stone executives and a few community leaders. She said the school administration attended a conference and wanted to offer a similar program at the school.
The first conference was originally held at the former First Christian Church, where Panther Academy is now located.
Skees said it helps these students begin to focus on their future plans and understand the opportunities available to them.
“It gives them a chance to get a broader view of what’s out there so they can be more curious and reflect on their own futures and different careers,” she said.
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