Joshua Morrison/News “Real Women Weld” — that’s what is written on the welding helmet of Justine Straight, a senior at the Knox County Career Center. Shown demonstrating a weld, Straight is one of several students crossing gender lines in the programs at the KCCC.
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News

 

Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News

 

MOUNT VERNON — The old phrases “That’s men’s work” and “That’s women’s work” are really no longer relevant in this day and age, and are even less relevant as today’s students prepare for careers based on their interests and inclinations rather than on their genders.

The Knox County Career Center is one place where age-old gender stereotypes are gradually disappearing as an increasing number of students are opting to take programs not traditionally thought to be “appropriate” for their gender. Those include male students choosing to explore careers in health technology and early childhood education and female students taking metal fabrication, collision repair, auto technology, landscaping and building trades. Culinary arts is another vocation the Department of Labor Statistics says is a traditional male field, but female students in that program at KCCC outnumber the males.

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Pam Schehl: 740-397-5333 or pschehl@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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