Amid Giggling and Laughter, Girl Scouts Learn They Can Do Anything They Set Their Minds to During CNM Tour
The girls – Girl Scouts from Troop 10448 – visited several CNM programs on a field trip. One stop was the truck driving lab where they all piled into the truck’s cab and bed area. One by one they mounted the steps, only to disappear into the back where there were two beds. Then they pretended they were on their way to New York City.
“All the girls had so much fun,” said Denise Ojeda, chair of CNM’s Construction Department who helped organize the visit. "It's important for the girls to know that they can do anything they set their minds to."
The girls, all between the ages of eight and ten, also got to do hands-on activities in several other AT departments. They raced solar cars in the electrical/photovoltaic lab and watched welding demonstrations, all wearing industrial welding helmets. Then they took their turns at a welding simulator set up for them to try their hands at welding. Sol the Suncat made a visit, and all the girls had their pictures taken with him – after much giggling and dancing .The final stop was the culinary school where Chef Penny Derose gave a tour of the new culinary labs and had treats awaiting them.
“We wanted to show young women that they can be anything they wish; there are no limitations except what we place on ourselves,” said Jennifer Klecker, AT advisor. “We wanted to engage young women in potential STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] options, showcasing how much fun working with electricity, welding, trucks and culinary arts can really be. We wanted them to have fun while learning about career paths in trades and technology.”
Delica Dixon, Girl Scout troop leader and part-time instructor in the School of Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, made the original contact with Ojeda to set up the tour.
“Thank you all for welcoming us and giving us the best educational field trip ever,” Dixon said in an email to field trip organizers following the visit. “As a result of your efforts, every one of the girls had a great time, learned a whole lot and left CNM very excited about the overall experience”
She added, “Part of the vision of girl scouting is having girls learn confidence, courage, and character; and everyone we saw during our visit modeled those three traits for us. As a mom and troop leader, I wanted these girls to see women using their abilities while doing exceptional things in the most natural manner, and I was not disappointed.
CNM Instructors, Staff and Student Employees Involved in Arranging the Visit
- Denise Ojeda, Jessie Harwell, Vicky Maestas and Cheryl Douglas represented Electrical Trades
- Kay Hamby, James Berry, Alonzo Hess and Thomas Saunders represented Welding.
- Vardis Gaus represented Truck Driving.
- Penny Derose represented Culinary Arts.
- Denise Ojeda, Teresa Maynard and Jennifer Klecker coordinated the event.