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Wis. technical colleges seek female apprentices

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s technical colleges are encouraging more women to join apprenticeship programs, a realm that’s traditionally male-dominated.

For example, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College near Green Bay has 450 student apprentices. Only seven are women.

School program director Todd Kiel said both society and women need to get past the stereotype that females aren’t cut out for jobs like plumbing, carpentry and electrical work.

According to Wisconsin Public Radio, the school is reaching out to women through informational seminars.

Apprenticeship is coordinated through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The program combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

The state offers about 300 apprenticeships ranging from cosmetology to pipe fitting.

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