1. Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

    Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

    Samantha Dodge, Bridget Nee-Walsh and Alyssa Ducharme spend their days on construction sites, welding and working alongside their male co-workers. They are tough, well paid and proving that women can work as laborers. More than 200 female students from trade high schools across the state gathered at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke on Thursday for the Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference, which featured speakers sharing their experiences working in the male-dominated fields of welding, carpentry, construction, electrical engineering and more. "Honestly, the job was easier than I expected it to be at first," said Dodge, who lives in Connecticut ...

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    1. Honestly, the job was easier than I expected it to be at first.
    2. I was part of this event in Boston last year, and only one school from Chicopee attended because it was just too far, so I knew we had to do something like this in Western Massachusetts.
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