Explore Skilled Trades Camp

Man training new mechanic

Program Details

This four-day camp, offered by Global Campus and its partners, gives young women ages 14 to 19 the opportunity to explore careers in skilled trades. Participants will learn about careers in:

  • truck driving
  • auto and diesel repair
  • welding
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

Young women will engage with industry professionals and employers, using their hands and minds to complete a set of four different projects related to the skilled trade professions highlighted in this program.

Snacks and water will be provided, but lunch is not provided. Students should wear comfortable clothing. Students must wear pants and closed toe shoes each day. Students who do not wear closed toe shoes and pants will not be able to participate and will be sent home. Please watch the weather, since on cool mornings, a light jacket or sweater is recommended, as the workshop classroom temperatures will vary.

This program is generously supported by the Women's Giving Circle.

Women's Giving Circle

July 17 - 20, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Program fee covers a T-shirt, insurance, snacks and camp related expenses.
Ten Scholarships are available. See the 'Scholarship' tab for more information.




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Northwest Technical Institute
709 S Old Missouri Rd
Springdale, AR 72764

Offered in partnership with

Northwest Technical Institute

USA Truck

Why Young Women Should Attend

This camp is ideal for young women ages 14 to 19 who are interested in exploring careers in skilled trades.

Although women make up almost half of the labor force, in many vocational careers and skilled trade professions, female workers make up a very small percentage. Less than 2% of electricians and auto technicians are women (Bureau of Labor Statistics). According to explorethetrades.org, "...increasing the overall number of women working in the trades will also help to fill the imminent gap in the labor force that will be created with record-levels of upcoming retirements of skilled trades people. Jobs in the trades further offer women the chance for meaningful work with high wages. A woman can expect to earn 20 to 30 percent more in a skilled trade career".


Monday, July 17: Automotive Service Technology

8:30 – 9:30 am

9:30 – 9:50 am

9:50 – 10:00 am

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to automotive and industry overview


Safety Briefing

Interesting automotive projects


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Meredith is a four-year Air Force veteran with 39 years of experience in the automotive industry in NW Arkansas, as both a technician and an owner/operator. He has five years of experience in instruction of Automotive Service Technology at Northwest Technical Institute. He is a Hunter Engineering Certified Alignment Instructor.

Lindsey is a five-year Navy veteran who is a Federal Aviation Administration-certificated airframe and power plant mechanic. He has five years of experience in aviation maintenance and three years of experience as an Aviation Maintenance Technology instructor at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.  He is an ASE master certified Automotive Service Technician and a Master Instructor certified with eight years of experience as an Automotive Service Technology instructor at Northwest Technical Institute. He holds a current Arkansas teaching license in both Aviation Mechanics and Automotive Service Technology.

Brown holds an AAS degree from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. He has 30 years of experience in the automotive industry and is an ASE master certified Automotive Service Technician. He is also an ASE Advanced Engine Performance certified Automotive Service Technician and a Ford Motor Company master certified Automotive Technician in Engines and Transmissions. He is a master instructor certified with nine years of experience as an Automotive Service Technology instructor at Northwest Technical Institute. 

Tuesday, July 18: HVAC

  • What does HVAC include?
  • Heat Exchange
  • Humidity Removal
  • Air Flow
  • Student Projects


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Schein has served as a City Councilman for Lowell, Arkansas, for 10 years and is an entrepreneur. He has founded many business, including Complete Comfort Heating & Cooling, District 12 Archery Tag, and HomeOwners Resource. Eric studied business and marketing at NorthWest Arkansas Community College and has worked as an HVAC service tech since 2000. Eric has taught HVAC at Northwest Technical Institute since 2016. He is married and the proud father of two.

Wednesday, July 19: Welding

8:30 – 10:00 am

10:00 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 10:30 am

10:30 – 10:45 am

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Welding profession overview and a short video  


Welding PPE overview and inspection

Mig Welding and Plasma Cutting Demo

Hands on Mig Welding and Plasma Cutting Projects


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Mansell has more than 34 years of experience in welding. He began his welding career in a high school welding program in 10th grade and has owned his own welding business for more than 25 years. He loves welding because of the freedom it gives him to build and create things. He also enjoys making metal art work. Mansell has shown artwork at Delphia Dreams Art Galleries in Eureka Springs, War Eagle Craft Fair and Terra Studios. He has also creates custom pieces for restaurants and individuals in the area. Mark's hobbies include electronics (Arduino, Raspberry pi), 3d printing, fishing, hunting and gardening. He is married to Jennifer, his wife of 16 years, and together they have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.

Thursday, July 20: Truck Driving

8:30 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 10:00 am

10:00 – 10:15 am

10:12 – 12:00 pm

Welcome and Introduction to Trucking

Trip planning activity


Truck Demo Activity


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Fann has 24 years of experience as a professional truck driver. He has driven more than 1.5 million miles of collision-free driving. He has served as a trainer for over-the-road truck driving for 15 years. Greg has seven years of experience as a USA Truck Driver Training Instructor and has an excellent safety record. Greg says he enjoys working with students and preparing them for careers as professional truck drivers.


Women's Giving Circle

Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the Women's Giving Circle.

Application deadline is Monday, May 26, 2017 by 11:59 pm.

Notification of scholarship will be emailed by Friday, June 2, 2017.