Opportunities are growing for women in energy-related job fields, and an upcoming event can help prepare those who want to learn more about the industry.
Zane State College is hosting an orientation to energy careers next week. Director of Career Services Jamie Clark said Hard Hatted Women is providing an open forum for students and adults interested in taking a step forward in their career paths.
"This is a partnership within our community," said Clark. "Zane State College and the Mid-East Career and Technology Center provides the training and education for the energy sector and then the Muskingum County Opportunity Center provides funding and direction for our community members."
AEP Ohio will be part of the panel, and Clark said the company is looking to create a more diversified workforce. She said jobs in the energy industry are high paying and in high demand.
"Specifically, we have some electrical engineering graduates who will be on the panel," said Clark. "They have been successful at American Electric Power. They can work inside or outside being a station electrician, instrumentation and control, and then all of the career opportunities related to the shale industry."
Clark said it's important to break down the barriers and eliminate stereotypes involving women in non-traditional careers.
"Women now are looking for greater opportunities to make higher wages and being in a non-traditional field is a good recruiting and marketing tool for those females," said Clark.
The orientation is being held on Tuesday at 5 PM at the Zane State College Campus Center. You can call Hard Hatted Women to register at 1-877-353-1114 ext. 34.