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The Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) camp program
begins in Nova Scotia July 15 with 30 girls in grades six, seven
and eight attending the week-long camp program to learn and prove
their place in technology.

The girls, whose names were drawn to attend the camp, are: Angela
Borden, Rana Musa, Angela Slauenwhite, Ashley Brine, Tamara
Johnston, Megan Paris, Eileen Redmond, Cody-Jean Smith, Lianne
White, Carissa Campbell, Jennifer DeViller, Sierra Hoyte, Vanessa
Johnson, Shayleita Morris and Erin Sydney, all of Halifax; Ashley
Thomas, Rebecca Legaarden, Lindsay Kwan, Christine Dewis, Alyssa
DeBaie, Linda Viau, Navoda Samarasekera, Jennifer Eisener,
Kirstin Crabtree and Amanda Cole, Dartmouth; Shannon Glover and
Holly Ryer, Tantallon; Melanie DeYoung and Autumn Meek, Hammonds
Plains, and Alexandra Malone, Lower Sackville.

For the past five years Women in Trades, Technology, Operations
and Blue Collar Work, otherwise known as WITT, implemented the
camp program that will reach girls at a young age to promote
trade and technology. The week-long day camp with be offered in
metro Halifax and Eskasoni, Cape Breton. In metro three camps
will be held at the Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax
Campus. There the girls will design, build and race go-carts.

GETT has met with success in seven provinces. It is designed to
give students an opportunity to explore technological and trade
oriented professions, while working with women already
established in those vocations. The Nova Scotia program aims at
giving the participants the confidence to make their career
choices freely, forgetting tradition.

GETT is designed to be sponsored by a wide range of
organizations, community, businesses and government. Each camp is
free of charge for participants. The Nova Scotia program has been
developed by the apprenticeship training division of the
Department of Education and Culture, in partnership with the Nova
Scotia Women In Trades and Technology Association. Sponsors are
the Nova Scotia Community College (Halifax Campus), Imperial Oil
Charitable Foundation, the provincial Department of Human
resources, the Ship Repair Machinists and Mechanics Union
(Halifax Dockyard), Pratt and Whitney Canada, the Canadian Union
of Transport Employees (Local 80829), and the Discovery Centre.

The first session begins July 15 with the camp running daily from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the last day of each camp --- July 19,29 and
Aug. 2 -- there will be a closing event at which time the girls
will race their go-carts.


Contact: Kelly Thomas      902-424-5190

         Leslee Nicholson  902-424-5190

trp                        June 18, 1996 - 2:35 p.m.