Encouraging More Women to Pursue Skilled Trades
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
There was not a single woman who climbed poles and repaired electric lines in Missouri until Susan Blaser became a journeyman line worker with Kansas City Power and Light in 1992.
Nearly 30 years later, there still are few women line workers in Missouri and across the country, but Blaser, the lead instructor of Metropolitan Community College’s electric utility line technician program, is trying to change this by encouraging more women to consider entering the profession.
Students can earn an associate degree or certificate through the program, which prepares them for careers as meter readers, utility workers, linemen, and wind technicians. The certificate program can be completed in three semesters and the associate degree in four semesters.