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June 17, 2013

Triton High girls urged to consider engineering careers

Teenage girls at Triton High School have an opportunity to investigate seeking a non-traditional woman’s career like engineering, according to Salisbury resident and Triton School Committee member Linda Litcofsky, an engineer herself.

Litcofsky said in order to encourage young women to enter the engineering field, Triton created two program specifically targeting female students. The courses are separate from the integrated engineering classes, she said, and young women are able to collaborate and problem-solve as they are introduced to new and innovative projects throughout the school year.

“The first-year program, called Women in Engineering and Technology, establishes a basis to the engineering world as students learn the engineering design process, then apply this to small projects that require research, development and creation of a finished product,” Litcofsky said. “The follow-up to this class, Manufacturing Technology for Women, gives students the opportunity to use knowledge learned in their basic engineering course to design, plan and produce manufactured goods.”

Litcofsky said both programs provide insight to the world of engineering. Given women comprise 25 percent of the technology workforce, the courses provide a positive learning environment of young women interested in pursuing engineering-related trades, Litcofsky said.

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The Salisbury Council on Aging will hold its Annual Meeting of its board of directors at the Hilton Senior Center tomorrow at 2 p.m. At the meeting officers will be nominated and elected.

Residents who are registered voters seeking appointment of the board of directors are reminded to submit their letter of interest to the Board of Selectman as soon as possible. Appointments to the COA board are three-year terms and run from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2016.

For further information, contact Carol Dorman, Salisbury Council on Aging, at 978-462-2412.

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East Parish Church will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The church is taking donations of items for the sale and is also renting space for $20 to others wanting to be part of the event. For more information, call 978-465-8940.

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