Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates Women in STEM Field with WTC

Big Brothers Big Sisters 7 Rivers Region (BBBS) is partnering with the Manufacturing Department at Western Technical College to host a hands-on welding REACH event, where matches (Big and Little pairs) will work together, along with WTC welding students, to learn to weld an aluminum garden sculpture. BBBS launched the REACH initiative in 2015 with the purpose of partnering with local business and organizations within the community to offer structured, educational activities to our matches. These activities focus on five core areas: Recreation, Education and Careers, Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement, and Health and Wellness.

Earlier this year, BBBS launched a STEM-based REACH program, thanks to a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation. “This event is a great way to kick off our STEM and REACH workshops which will focus on fun, yet challenging STEM activities for our matches. And anytime we can connect, with our youth, on a college campus, that’s just an added bonus,” said Jason Larsen, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters 7 Rivers Region.

As National Women’s Month approaches, female matches were specifically encouraged to attend this event as a way to increase awareness of women in the STEM fields. “This is a great opportunity for our students to engage with the broader community. We strive to encourage people to join nontraditional occupations, so we’re happy that almost half the matches attending are women and girls,” said Art Karbowski, Welding Instructor at Western Technical College.

This event will be held on Saturday, February 16th PM at Western Technical College in La Crosse.