GHS hosts Rosie’s Girls Manufacturing Bootcamp

RUTLEDGE – Grainger High School (GHS) hosted a Rosie’s Girls Manufacturing Bootcamp. 

The camp was held Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3. Seven eighth grade girls from Rutledge Middle School and Washburn School attended the camp. 

Students learned about manufacturing-related professions during the camp including welding, electrical and architectural engineering, among other trade skills. Students also had the opportunity to visit Tennessee College of Applied Technology Morristown, Oshkosh Manufacturing and Color Tech to tour the businesses and hear from female guest speakers working in non-traditional careers. 

Architectural and Engineering Design teacher David Baker said, “I didn’t know what to think going into this week, but it turned out to be a great week for all of us involved. We had outstanding young ladies from both Rutledge and Washburn that impressed us old instructors.”

Baker said he also learned a lot about other trades during the camp.

He said, “I know that I, personally, learned a lot just by being in the other classrooms and the industry tours. We also learned a lot about Engineering and Architectural Design from our guest speakers that came on Tuesday. My favorite part, however, was getting to know these young ladies and seeing their faces light up as they were creating their projects. I truly believe this week was rewarding for all involved.”