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WCC workshops point boys, girls toward nontraditional careers

“We go into space to learn,” retired astronaut Wendy Lawrence, who flew in the space shuttle, tells children at the Ferndale Public Market during a presentation in July 2011.
“We go into space to learn,” retired astronaut Wendy Lawrence, who flew in the space shuttle, tells children at the Ferndale Public Market during a presentation in July 2011. The Bellingham Herald

A “Guys & Guts” workshop aims to steer middle-school boys toward the careers in the medical profession that are more frequently held by women with presentations and activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Whatcom Community College.

Participants will visit a biology lab, jump-start a heart and resuscitate a robotic simulated patient.

“They’ll get to actually draw blood from an artificial arm,” said WCC spokesperson Mary Vermillion. It will “open their eyes to non-traditional careers.”

The $10 registration fee includes hands-on labs, career and education information, guest speakers, a presentation on the nursing field, lunch for two, a souvenir T-shirt and a campus-wide scavenger hunt. Find a registration form by going online to whatcom.edu and searching “Guys & Guts.”

A similar “Girls Go Tech” program featuring computer labs and alternative energy resources is offered 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, featuring former NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence of Ferndale and Melissa Rice of Western Washington University, who worked on the Mars Rover project. Find a registration form by going online to whatcom.edu and searching “Girls Go Tech.”

“These are two really cool women in the community who have been successful in science,” Vermillion said.

For more information, contact guysandguts@whatcom.ctc.edu, girlsgotech@whatcom.ctc.edu, or call 360-383-3193.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty

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