"This Girl Can" workshop held in Green Bay school district

Published: Feb. 8, 2018 at 9:29 PM CST
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Some girls in the Green Bay Area Public School District are getting a chance to learn about careers in non-traditional roles.

It's part of a workshop called "This Girl Can."

It's the type of machinery some may not expect to see operated by girls, but these girls hope be the exception as they take up welding to craft their very own lawn art.

Brooke Mueller works for the school district and is among the organizers for This Girl Can. She said, "The majority of the girls that are in the session they are 7th, 8th, 9th girls, and most of them have never, the majority have never welded."

The three-part workshops were launched about a year ago.

They're geared towards promoting careers in science, technology and engineering.

Elise Williams was among the students who signed up.

"I think it's pretty cool because I know that a lot of my classes in the past, it's been all men, and they're like, 'Why are you here? You're a girl,' and girls should stick up for what they want to do," said Elise, an 8th grader at Lombardi Middle School.

The workshops pair up each girl with an older female, such as a mother, grandmother or an aunt to learn as a team.

Mueller added, "I hope they learn a little bit more about, 'Is it something I like? Is it something I don't like?' and either way, they will be able to take that away."

So many girls signed up for the program the district started a waiting list. They hope to offer it again in the spring or next fall.