South Central Service Cooperative holds Girl Power to the Max event

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Laken Osgood and Jacee Sanders of Hampton High School won first place in Metal Cutting at the Girl Power to the max competition.
Courtesy photo Laken Osgood and Jacee Sanders of Hampton High School won first place in Metal Cutting at the Girl Power to the max competition.

South Central Service Cooperative hosted the first of seven, Girl Power to the Max, Next Level Manufacturing Contests on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fifty four girls competed from Camden Fairview, El Dorado, Emerson, Hampton, Harmony Grove, Junction City, Parkers Chapel, Smackover and Taylor.

Girl Power to the Max, Next Level is a partnership DCTE innovation grant to encourage female participation focused on exploring and perfecting skills in high-need, high wage, and high demand. Female high school students competed using advanced CNC technology equipment in the area of wood cutting, metal cutting or lasering.

Local industries and stakeholders of Albemarle, Amfuel, Arkansas Economic Development, General Dynamics, and SAU Tech were on hand to help provide judging and insite to careers available in the area. Winners from each of the categories won prize money and a chance to advance to a state competition that will be held at Saline County Career Center on March 7, 2024.

Katie Robertson, SCSC Career and Technology Coordinator said, "this contest is a vast growing competition that helps bridge the skills gap and grow partnerships with area businesses." Robertson would also like to thank all of the sponsors that made this year a success.