Two Coyne College students receive $1,500 Women in the Trades scholarships

Coyne College, which has two campuses in Chicago that offer individualized instruction and hands-on career training for HVAC and refrigeration, electrical construction and maintenance, and electrical construction and planning, has announced that two of its students have received Women in the Trades (WITT) scholarships. Giselle Gomez and Veleska Novorolsky, who are students in the college’s electrical construction and planning degree program, each received $1,500.

WITT scholarships are awarded to women “seeking to advance their education in traditionally male-dominated industries,” according to Coyne College. The scholarships were introduced this year by The Dwyer Group, a holding company with franchises offering household services and repairs.  They are awarded each semester to women who aspire to excel within industry professions like plumbing, air conditioner and appliance service and repair, landscape management, and more. The provided funds are designated for attaining all necessary training and certification to assist these women in furthering their career goals and forging a path in the trade industries.

“We congratulate Giselle and Veleska on their scholarship awards,” said Russell Freeman, president of Coyne College. “We would also like to recognize our instructor Virginia Hanson, who has taken an active role in working with our female students and assisted Giselle and Veleska in securing their scholarships.”

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that women have been making gains in the construction industry by nearly tripling their numbers in the last 40 years, but they still only accounted for 13% of the total construction workforce in 2009, up 12% in 1984.

-Bill O’Leary

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