This week we're going way back-- to Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the activities that are going on at MAGIC camp this week.
MAGIC (Mentoring a Girl in Construction)
introduces high school girls age 14 or older to trade skill occupations such as
carpentry, safety, electrical and highway construction and gives them a chance
to learn from women already succeeding in these jobs. The event is taking place
all week and is sponsored by KDOT.
“It’s important to let young women who will
soon be entering the work force know about career opportunities in these
previously non-traditional fields,” said KDOT Civil Rights Administrator Doria
Watson. “This camp shows the students new career possibilities they may not
have considered before.”
Students will visit places such as Westar
Energy’s Kansas Education and Science Park, Foley Equipment, Burlington
Northern, Billiard Airport, Topeka Metro Transit Authority and KDOT’s Research
Lab in addition to listening to several speakers in different transportation
careers. They will participate in hands-on training and basic construction as
well as learn about various modes of transportation and safety.
“All these activities are designed to build
self-confidence, leadership and team-oriented skills as the students explore
occupational options they may not otherwise have had a chance to learn about,”
A total of 28 high school girls from the
Topeka area are taking part in the camp, which will end tomorrow.