17th Annual GirlTECH: Career Seminar for 10th Grade Girls

GirlTECH brochure cover imageDaisyPromoting Opportunities For Young Women In Non-traditional Careers

GirlTECH targeted sophomore female students enrolled in high schools from Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties.

This exciting and motivational day provided students with the opportunity to meet and talk with women who have made non-traditional career choices.

Young women learned about a wide range of careers and local training opportunities at NMC and the TBA Career-Tech Center.

Keynote Speaker

Marilyn Kapp MoranMarilyn Kapp Moran
Vice President of Sales & Marketing 17th Annual, Moran Iron Works (MIW)

Growing up in a family business, Marilyn Kapp Moran brings years of experience in public relations and customer service. She has worked in both public and private business sectors and brings her varied network of educational, non-profit and corporate connections together for the benefit of MIW and its corporate divisions.

She is responsible for leading the sales, estimating and marketing team and creating strategy to strengthen both MIW’s standing in the marketplace and its corporate business development. She is also instrumental in business plan creation and grant writing.

She is a Hospitality Graduate of Southeastern Academy, Kissimmee, FL, a Certified Master Gardner and a Certified Grant Writer, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI.

Guest Speakers Include:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Engineering Technology & Robotics
  • Marine Technology
  • Welding

GirlTECH was developed to encourage high school girls enrolled in any Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District school to consider non-traditional careers, defined as those careers in which women comprise 25 percent or less of the workforce.

Event sponsors include NMC, Traverse Bay Area Career-Tech Center, Benzie Area Zonta Club and the Zonta Club of Leelanau County.

GirlTECH 2017

  • What: 17th annual GirlTECH, a chance for high school girls to explore non-traditional careers
  • When: Friday, October 27, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building, 2600 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686. Located on NMC's Aero Park Campus at the northeast corner of the Cherry Capital Airport property.


  • 8:30–9 a.m.: Arrival/Registration
  • 9–9:20 a.m.: Welcome/Keynote Speaker
  • 9:30–9:57 a.m.: Breakout Session I
  • 9:59–10:25 a.m.: Breakout Session 2
  • 10:27–10:53 a.m.: Breakout Session 3
  • 10:55–11:40 a.m.: Lunch (Aero Park Lab)
  • 11:43–12:10 p.m.: Breakout Session 4
  • 12:12–12:39 p.m.: Breakout Session 5
  • 12:41–1:08 p.m.: Breakout Session 6
  • 1:10–1:45 p.m.: Student Panel/Wrap-up & Prizes

"I have come to recognize my strengths as a woman in the manufacturing industry over the past few years through experience and challenges. Going against the 'norm' and demonstrating my knowledge and ability to machine precise, quality parts has boosted my confidence and given me a drive to go as far as possible in this career field."

CNC mill class, TBA Career-Tech Center

"If there is any advice I would give to girls here, it is don't be hesitant to enroll in these programs. Go for it! There are as many opportunities for you as there are for anybody else."

Forest Area/TBA Career-Tech Center drafting graduate

"It's not about gender anymore!"

TV producer