For Students and Alumni

Women in Trades and Technology

The Tools for Tomorrow Program is designed to improve student preparation for, access to and retention in nontraditional careers through a network of services. Women interested in learning more about nontraditional career opportunities begin by attending a  Career Information Session. This session provides an introduction to the variety, benefits and barriers of nontraditional occupations; current labor market information and a description of training options. The program offers two free career exploration workshops annually with each focusing on a distinct occupational cluster. Tools for the Trades targets construction-related careers with employment that is typically outdoors and physically demanding, with training frequently obtained through apprenticeships. Tools for Technology concentrates on technical or skilled industrial careers with employment found typically indoors in a shop, lab, office or manufacturing setting, with training usually obtained through degree and diploma programs.

Both workshops provide participants with an overview of approximately 10 careers within the targeted cluster. Activities include hands-on labs that integrate proper tool and equipment use, job terminology, related math, print reading and safety procedures. Additional topics include instruction on methods of entry into the career, job seeking skills, and pre-employment test preparation techniques. Instructors and guest panelists are tradeswomen and men, employers and Madison College staff, who can share their personal success stories with the students, providing a natural networking component throughout the workshops.

Tools for Tomorrow also provides advising, information and referral, and career development services for nontraditional students.

For more information about the Tools For Tomorrow program, please contact the Career and Employment Center.