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Trade, technology careers to be showcased at March 5 Women and Work conference

Posted February 25, 2008

The eighth annual Idaho State University Women and Work, “Opportunities in Trades and Technology Careers,” conference will be held March 5, 2008. The conference, sponsored by the ISU College of Technology Center for New Directions, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom, 1025 S. 8th Avenue, Pocatello.

The Women and Work conference is provided for women who are either involved with or interested in nontraditional occupations. It is an opportunity to gain information through workshops, speakers, networking and exposure to local training and educational resources. The conference will feature hands-on career exploration, workshops, a nontraditional fashion show, and keynote speaker; Amy Mercy, Plant Manager at Great Western Malting Co.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from the following workshops:

•    Forensics – Crime Scene investigators and forensic scientists crack some of the toughest criminal cases. Learn about evidence collection and preservation, laboratory analysis, and see if this career is for you.

•    Not Just for Men: Women in Public Works – Learn from women who help run the City of Pocatello and why they love their jobs.

•    The Monster Under the Bed: Math –Don’t let the numbers scare you away from a great career. Learn how to take steps to overcome math insecurities and take control of your future.

•    Trades Electricians, Painters, Pipefitters and more!  – Want a job with great pay, member benefits and more? Discover what the trades have to offer and the opportunities available in these nontraditional fields.

•    Work Your Image – This fun workshop addresses tools for creating a professional appearance, coordinating interview and workplace attire, and positive body language. Get started on your path to success.

•    The Total Package: Complete Your Image – Use these great ideas to start your professional portfolio. Learn how to develop letters of recommendation, resumes and other professional documents to help you win a scholarship or land your dream job.

•    Shameless Self Promotion – Ever wonder why some women get such good jobs and advance in their career?  Learn how to define and achieve your goals by finding out what you are worth and learn how to get the most money for your time.

The Conference fee is $18 for the general public and $8.50 for students. This fee includes a continental breakfast and luncheon. Scholarships are available.

For more information about the Women and Work Conference or to register, call (208) 282-2454. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 29, 2008.