REEN BAY – Just 12 years old, Ivy Durant isn’t in a rush to make a decision on a career path to take when she gets older.

The seventh-grader at Franklin Middle School has been tossing around a few ideas, however.

“At first, I wanted to be a geologist,” she said. “Then, I wanted to be an astrophysicist, and then I wanted to be an astronomer, and then I wanted to be a geologist again.”

Add welder to the list. Make that atop the list after Ivy participated with a few other adolescent girls — and their mothers — in a welding workshop the last two weeks.

The Green Bay School District is hosting the free “This Girl Can” workshops this month at West High School as a way to turn girls on to nontraditional jobs for women in industries such as engineering and manufacturing.

“After this, yes,” said Ivy, when asked whether she can see herself pursuing welding as a future occupation.


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