Career Day at Wallace Community College

The Houston County Extension Office held its 6th annual Youth Career Summit Friday. One of the focuses was to encourage females to pursue non-traditional career paths.

Bigger salaries and better working conditions await those women willing to look outside traditional career paths.

The Houston County Extension Office is doing its part to make sure local high scholars are informed about those careers usually considered male-dominated.

"We are encouraging girls to pursue careers in non-traditional programs like aerospace and technology fields," Houston Co. Extension Agent Rosalind James says.

Dothan is surrounded by businesses offering non-traditional careers for women. Both Sikorsky and Pemco were mentioned at the symposium as high paying jobs that could go to women if they applied.

"There's a push for women in aviation because they like the gender balance and they want part of the movement," says EOCC Director of Technology, Tom Kirk.

More than 500 students attended the event and say the information they learned at the summit is helping to shape their future careers.

"I've learned how important it is to go to college and its ok to be boss, but not to pushy," said Headland High School Student Haley Padget.

Timesha Walker, a Bullock County High School student said, "It's important for them to tell us because it can help us."

Students had the chance to listen to female professionals in careers like technology and aviation. They learned the education requirements and starting salaries for the non-traditional careers for women.

Representatives from the Enterprise Ozark Community College say they are already seeing an increase in female enrollment for aviation courses and predict this trend will continue.