Williamsport – In the new year, the Pennsylvania College of Technology will be launching “Girl Power,” a free program for ninth grade girls designed to make a difference in their careers.

It is at the start of high school that the future creators of tomorrow start to think about the way forward: which career is the right one? What are the options? What qualities do employers value most? Girl Power is designed to help participants answer these questions, develop new skills, and gain confidence.

The girls will meet twice a month: in a virtual session on Monday evening and in a campus event on Sunday afternoon. Objectives include developing leadership skills, learning time management strategies, building oral communication skills, networking with like-minded girls from other schools in the area; and explore various career options in architecture, automotive manufacturing, and more.

“At Penn College, we think it’s important to show girls that it’s possible to break the mold,” said Tanya Berfield, director of K-12 Outreach. “Stereotypes about career opportunities are meant to be challenged and in doing so they have more career options, higher salary potential and job satisfaction. We are excited to be working with the students of Girl Power to not only show them the power of Penn College, but also to explore and create new dreams.

Girl Power is also supported by the industry. Sponsors include: The JEM Group, Caliber Collision, The RPM Foundation and Gemini / KB Systems.

Registration is open until January 16. The program starts January 24 and ends April 24. Visit www.pct.edu/girl-power for a full program and to register. Capacity is limited to 20 participants. Questions can be directed to K-12 Outreach at Penn College at (570) 320-8003.

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