Dorchester County offers non-traditional career camp

Dorchester County offers non-traditional career camp

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Even in this day and age, there are certain careers and jobs we tend to associate with a particular gender.

When it comes to carpenters and welders, you probably envision a man.  A woman more likely comes to mind when you think of a cosmetologist.  They are the stereotypes career counselors in Dorchester County are trying to reshape.

So for the sixth year, the Dorchester County Career & Technology Center is offering the Non-Traditional Career Exploration Summer Camp.  The free week-long event gives rising 9th graders a chance to learn about careers typically dominated by the opposite gender.

The program can accommodate up to 50 students and parents can begin enrolling their children now.

Classes for girls:

  • Architectural Design
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Barbering
  • Carpentry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Diesel Engine Technology
  • Electricity
  • Firefighting
  • Masonry
  • Welding

Classes for boys:

  • Cosmetology
  • Nail Technology

Whichever career path students choose to explore, the program exposes them to every aspect of it.  From designing and inventing, to sales and marketing to service, they are informed of every opportunity to succeed in that area of work.

Organizers say the program has been very successful, according to Dorchester County Career and Technology Center's Melissa Wright.

"Boys who have participated gain a new respect for those who work in the cosmetology field," Wright says.

Students who participate in the summer program are invited to attend a fall course, where they meet one Saturday a month to continue their training.  Then as 10th graders, they have the option to enroll at Dorchester County Career and Technology Center.

That gives them the opportunity to learn the information and skills needed to earn a certificate by the time they graduate from high school, for free.

"That way they don't have to pay for classes at tech school after graduation to earn the same credentials, saving them thousands of dollars and valuable time," Wright says.

Free Non-Traditional Career Exploration Summer Camp
For Rising Dorchester County 9th graders  
Dorchester County Career & Technology Center
June 13 - June 17,  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Transportation provided for Summerville area residents, lunch provided daily

Parents can register teens now.

For more information, contact Melissa Wright at (800) 454-8101 or by email at

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