WTD celebrates Women in Trades 40th anniversary

The annual Washington Women in Trades (WWIT) Fair marked its 40th anniversary this year. The half-day event, held in May, showcased exhibits, demonstrations, contests, education and job opportunities for women interested in pursuing careers in the trades.  

King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) representatives hosted an interactive exhibit and contest. Wastewater operators rallied attendees to compete in a wastewater pipe-cutting race. Members of WTD Resource Recovery team handed out samples of GroCo compost, recycled water, and presented a biogas demonstration. WTD Human Resources staff were on had to explain King County job opportunities, internships and the WTD Operator in Training Program.

Over a thousand curious middle and high school students, eager work-ready women (and men) and industry experts from both the public and private sectors participated. WWIT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving “women’s economic equity and self-sufficiency through access and success in high-wage, high-skilled careers in the construction, manufacturing and transportation sectors.”           

For more information about WWIT, contact: cpollyc@comcast.net

“Women in Trades is a perfect opportunity to help motivate and share with other women what it is like to work in our field. It is eye-opening. It has shown me the importance of outreach and support for women who might not have a direction for their career. I met so many different types of women in different situations. It demonstrates how strong women are, despite the many odds they may be up against.” – Alexis Suprenant

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