16th Annual GirlTECH: Career Seminar for 10th Grade Girls

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

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

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

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

Keynote Speakers

Michelle BlintMichelle Blint
Account Manager, Cisco Systems, West Michigan Public Sector
Michelle Blint helps enhance experiences via technology. Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the Contact Center and Collaboration industries. She has won numerous awards and is an active member of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology whose focus is raising awareness and financial scholarships for young women pursuing careers in technology.

Karrie GrantKarrie Grant
Director of Quality, Safety Net
Karrie Grant has never been afraid of a challenge, tackling even the toughest jobs! She has served the United States Air Force, working as a diesel mechanic while stationed abroad in Germany. After the service, Karrie worked in road construction to pay for her college tuition, eventually earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baker College. Karrie went on to serve in AmeriCorps VISTA, setting up mentoring programs for local schools. She parlayed these experiences into a career at Safety Net, where she is responsible for managing the support services group and for continuous improvements in the company's operations.

Guest Speakers Include:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Agriculture & Plant Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Culinary
  • 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.

Save the date!

GirlTECH 2016

  • What: 16th annual GirlTECH, a chance for high school girls to explore non-traditional careers
  • When: Friday, November 11, 2016 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.

Download the brochure and registration / permission form (PDF) »

Sign up with your counselor by Tuesday, November 1!

Call 922-6278 or 995-1054 for more details.


  • 8:30–9 a.m.: Arrival/Registration
  • 9–9:20 a.m.: Welcome/Keynote Speaker
  • 9:30–9:50 a.m.: Breakout Session I
  • 9:55–10:15 a.m.: Breakout Session 2
  • 10:20–10:40 a.m.: Breakout Session 3
  • 10:45–11:05 a.m.: Breakout Session 4
  • 11:05–11:35 a.m.: Lunch/Keynote Speaker (Aero Park Lab)
  • 11:40 a.m.–Noon: Breakout Session 5
  • 12:05–12:25 p.m.: Breakout Session 6
  • 12:30–12:50 p.m.: Breakout Session 7
  • 12:55–1:15 p.m.: Breakout Session 8
  • 1:20–2 p.m.: Student Panel/Wrap-up

"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

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