Results from MAGIC camp are no illusion
by Mark Andrews
May 11, 2013 | 1624 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stephen Lawlor with the Yancey CAT training department explains the forklift controls to the students who would later drive the machine and move a pallet around the Cass High School parking lot during last year's MAGIC Camp. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
Stephen Lawlor with the Yancey CAT training department explains the forklift controls to the students who would later drive the machine and move a pallet around the Cass High School parking lot during last year's MAGIC Camp. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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Bartow County is looking for female high school students ages 14 and up to participate in this year’s Mentoring a Girl in Construction camp, to be held June 17-21 at Cass High School and July 8-12 at Adairsville High School. The free, weeklong camp is designed to introduce young women to careers in construction, female role models who have achieved success in areas of construction and scholarship information, while also teaching students some basic skills in carpentry, electrical and welding.

Students will acquire an OSHA certification during the MAGIC camp, while learning how to use the tools of the construction trade, such as a tape measure and level. A cooperative effort among Georgia Power, the Bartow County Board of Education, Plant Bowen and northwest Georgia’s Technical Women in Georgia group, the camp also will include a banquet at the end of the week, during which students can share with their parents their accomplishments from the camp. The camp also will feature a tour of a local manufacturing facility.

“It’s so great, because [for example] you learn the proper way to assemble a studded wall and everybody at some point in your life, whether you decide to go into the construction field or not, you need to know how to read a tape measure,” Janet Queen, Project Relocation Coordinator for Georgia Power Plant Bowen, said during an assembly Friday at AHS, adding students will learn how to safely operate heavy equipment, such as a fork lift. “... There are great, great opportunities here for you in Bartow County, and I know you all are at the ages where you’re thinking about what your future is going to look like, and we need to keep you here in our workforce in Bartow County, but we need to do a better job at letting you know there are jobs in construction here and you can make the same [money] as the guys here make.

“... You are our resources and you are our future.”

According to a press release from MAGIC, “[Students] will be offered the opportunity to gain marketable skills, and to experience the satisfaction of successfully performing difficult hands-on tasks while boosting confidence and self-image.”

The release further states statistics from Gov. Nathan Deal, who stated there will be 16,500 openings in Georgia this year for workers such as pipe fitters and plumbers, electricians and boiler makers.

For information on how to register, or how to become a camp sponsor, contact Queen at 770-606-6312, jalqueen@southernco.com, or Rachel Scogin at 770-606-6183, rlscogin@southernco.com.