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Techsploration Orientation to Trades and Technology Program (TOTT)
-Females ages 17 - 22

Hebron and Hibernia projects fund scholarships for female youth
Women to explore trades and technology careers in 13-week orientation program

The Hebron and Hibernia projectswill providea total of $200,000 to createtwo scholarship funds for young women interested in exploring trades and technology occupations in the natural resources sector. The funds willhelp support women aged 17 to 22enrolling in the Techsploration Orientation to Trades and Technology Program (TOTT)delivered by College of the North Atlantic and administered by the Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC).
“WRDC just celebrated 10 years of the Techsploration program and to have scholarships provided to give young women opportunities to learn more and get experience in the skilled trades and technology fields is absolutely terrific,” said Mary Clarke, Director of WRDC’s Techsploration program.

The TOTT program is a 13-week program that gives recent female high school graduates exposure to natural resource-based industries. The program covers academic requirements, essential work skills, personal and professional development, hands-on skills training in various skilled trades and technology fields, background on the natural resource sector, labor market research and job shadowing.

Techsploration provides young women with opportunities to explore trades, technical and technology-related occupations and is inc

lusive of all girls from various academic and cultural backgrounds and provincial in scope.
“Hebron’s goal is to create a strong and diverse workforce locally. We can help achieve this by encouraging young women to explore the varied aspects of working in the natural resource sector,” said Geoff Parker, Vice President of ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hebron Senior Project Manager. “Through this investment the Hebron Project will continue to support diversity, which leads to a long-term competitive advantage in our industry.”

“Career choices for young people are often limited by career options they have seen first-hand,” said Jamie Long, President of Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. “TOTT allows young women to explore a wide variety of trades and technologies, thereby increasing their familiarity with a range of options open to them.”

“The TOTT program provides the necessary tools and strategies to help increase women’s awareness of career opportunities in the trades and technologies industry,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, President of College of the North Atlantic. “Sometimes the hardest decision for youth to make is the one that embarks them on their future – and making the right decision depends on the individual. This investment will allow the college to offer that opportunity to these young women, which is the first step towards a promising career.  We are very fortunate to be part of this partnership with WRDC, Hebron and Hibernia.”

The Hebron Project co-venture’s are ExxonMobil Canada Properties (operator), Chevron CanadaResources, Suncor Energy Inc., Statoil Canada Ltd. and Nalcor Energy.

Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is the operator of the Hibernia field. HMDC is owned jointly by ExxonMobil Canada, Chevron Canada Resources, SuncorEnergy Inc., Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation, Murphy Oil and Statoil Canada Ltd.

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is Newfoundland and Labrador’s public college. It is one of the largest post-secondary educational and skills training centres in Atlantic Canada, with a history dating back nearly 50 years. Today it has 17 campus locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and one in the Middle East State of Qatar. It offers nearly 100 full-time program offerings and more than 300 part-time courses for some 20,000 students each year in: Academics, Applied Arts, Business Studies, Health Sciences, Engineering Technology, Industrial Trades, Information Technology and Tourism & Natural Resources.


Mary Clarke
Community Outreach Coordinator
Women in Resource Development Corporation
(709) 738-1138

Roger Hulan
Communications Specialist
College of the North Atlantic
(709) 643-7938

Lynn Evans
Public and Government Affairs Advisor
ExxonMobil Canada
(709) 752-6433

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Girls GETT in on the action
By Emma Graney
Reprinted with permission by The Northern Pen (Published August 29, 2011)

The smell of fresh sawdust is the first sign there’s something going on at the College of the North Atlantic in St. Anthony.
Walking down the hallway towards the workshop, the sounds of jigsaws and drills is the next clue.
While all that would be fairly reasonable in the CNA workshop during semester, anyone who doesn’t know what’s on the go might stumble a little in their step when they hear the giggles.
Ten girls, aged between 10 and 12 and armed with power tools and white hard hats, are inside the workshop, so thoroughly engrossed in their projects they don’t even seem to notice they are missing the sunshine streaming through the open door.
And what is the source of all this noise, sawdust and concentration? Go karts.
Not just any go karts, mind, but vehicles from their own designs.
For this group that means pandas, the word love’, flowers and peace symbols, as well as an amusingly shaped ketchup bottle made by Hynes sisters Emily and Annalee in a play on their last name.
“Ours is gonna win,” grins Annalee, hinting at the somewhat competitive nature of this go kart building project.
“You have to come back Friday and watch when Hynes 57 sauce wins,” adds her sister, the last word accompanied by a small fist flung into the air in the international sign for victory.
The program will culminate with that race in the car park and a feast of hotdogs, but for the time being the girls saw sheets of plywood and lumber, and paint their handmade creations.
“I’ve made over 120 go karts and no two have ever been the same,” says Mary Clarke.
She pauses, then calls out to 10-year-old Madelyn Smith, who’s battling with a saw.
“Keep it on the same angle,” she advises. Madelyn corrects her grip and the blade cuts smoothly again.
“That’s right, good work.”
Ms. Clarke travels the province each summer to instruct the courses which show girls how to use power tools and get them familiar with woodwork.
“The idea is to encourage them to look at non-traditional trades like carpentry so maybe they’ll think about getting into that kind of career, and to just build up their confidence with these kinds of tools,” she says.
It is part of the Girls Exploring Trades and Technology program — GETT for short.
So far this summer Ms. Clarke has also been to Botwood, St. Lawrence and Clarenville, and from August 29 to September 2 will be in Rocky Harbour.
For now the St. Anthony girls jigsaw, drill and paint their way to what will hopefully be the fastest kart on the lot.
So is it a fun way to spend one of the final weeks of summer vacation?
Tegan Mitchell looks up from the word ‘love’ she’s cutting out, a grin spreading across her face.
“Oh yeah.”


View Article: http://www.cna.nl.ca/news/default.asp?MessageID=772

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Are you a GETT, Techsploration, GREAT or GLOW Graduate?  
If so we want to hear from you.

Your invited to join our Alumnae. There is no cost!

Select the program of your choice (GETT, Techsploration, or GLOW) and click on the link:
“Join Alumnae” print the form and mail or fax it to us.

It’s that easy!

Why Join the Alumnae?

  • Joining the Alumnae allows us to keep in contact with you and support you in any way we can in your future career choices.
  • Should you require help along your way, It allows us to connect you with a mentor or role model that may be able to assist you.
  •  It allows us to inform you of future WRDC events and programs.
  • It lets us notify you when we are in your area.
  • Allows us to mail you any newsletters or other materials that may be of value to you.
  • It helps us stay connected and connectivity is key in the supporting the future of its graduates.
  • If you are a WRDC-ERC graduate and in a career you may wish to join our role models/mentors or volunteer for the Techsploration program.

**The information entered is confidential is to be used strictly for WRDC purposes only. No information will be disclosed to an outside party or organization. If you wish to access or correct your personal data, please e-mail msmith@wrdc.nf.ca

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GETT Camp 2010!!!
Ready....Set....GO-kart! - 250th Girl Builds Go-Kart!

Friday April 9, 2010, GETT camp in St John's wrapped up its week-long program by inviting parents, friends and media to join them in view the racing of the newly-built Go Karts. The event was taken place at Academy Canada on Harding Road, St. John's and was reported live by NTV's Sharon Snow.

Haley Moriarity was rewarded the title of 250th girl to complete a Go Kart for camp GETT!

Anyone with questions or comments can call Mary Clarke at 738 1138.

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A GREAT Success!!
New Innovative Camps Bring Climate Change Message to Young Girls

With assistance of $100,400 from the Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund, the Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) will help bring the climate change message to Grade 7 females throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Through the Girls in Renewable Energy and Alternative Technologies (GREAT) program, which will consist of a series of science exploration camps, young girls will be encouraged to think about the energy future and climate impacts of energy consumption patterns in the province.

“This organization continuously provides leadership by encouraging the participation of women in the trades and technology sectors,” said the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation. “Their objectives are further complemented by teaching young girls to think about how their actions in these sectors can affect the environment. These camps may also introduce them to career opportunities and motivate them to work in this field in the future.”

WRDC was established in 1997 to foster an environment that will increase the participation of women in the trades and technology sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2002, the Educational Resource Centre (ERC), the charitable branch of WRDC, was created to offer non-traditional training programs to young girls and women.

For the GREAT program, WRDC-ERC will partner with corporations in the energy field, the education system and various government departments to deliver the camps to rural and urban areas of the province. Locations will be selected based upon the interest expressed by schools, and the time of year for the camps will be selected based on school schedules so as to ensure the time away from the traditional classroom has a minimal impact.

“This is an exciting time for women in the trades and technology sector given the impact we can have on sustaining our environment,” said the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. “I am pleased to see Women in Resource Development Corporation continuing to remove barriers for women and engaging young girls in important issues such as climate change. Through this work, we are ensuring that our environmental efforts will be strengthened as a result of equal participation of both women and men.”

“I look forward to encouraging these girls to make a difference to the environment through careers in renewable energy,” said Mary Clarke, Community Outreach Coordinator, WRDC. “This program will introduce them to careers in engineering, design and trades, as well as teach them to think about our future energy usage and impacts on our climate.”

Funding for the project comes from the Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund, a three-year, $25 million program which is supported by both the federal and provincial governments. This funding is to support projects geared toward environmental sustainability and which provide real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.


Media contacts:

Melony O'Neill
Department of Environment and Conservation
(709) 729-2575/ (709) 689-0928

Erin Molloy
Communications Specialist Women's Policy Office
(709) 729-6225/ (709) 693-7938

WRDC-ERC contact:

Mary Clarke
Community Outreach Coordinator WRDC - ERC
(709) 738-1138/ (709) 687-1160

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