South Central Service Cooperative hosted the first of seven Girl Power to the Max, Next Level Manufacturing Contests on
Tuesday, February 6 from 9 am to 12 p.m.
54 girls from Camden-Fairview, El Dorado, Emerson, Hampton, Harmony Grove, Junction City, Parkers Chapel, Smackover, and Taylor participated in the contest.
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 roles.
Female high school students competed using advanced computer numerical control (CNC) technology equipment in the
areas 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 judge the competition and provide insight about 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 added thanks to all of the sponsors that
made the competition possible.
In CNC Metal Cutting, 1st place went to Laken Osgood and Jacee Sanders from Hampton and 2nd place went to Della Ables and Claire Beaver from Hampton; the People's Choice Prize went to Caitlyn Hinshaw and Lilly Sewell and Brooke from Taylor; in the CNC Lasering category, 1st place went to Brenlee Porter from Parkers Chapel and 2nd went to Roosa Makarainen from Harmony Grove; in CNC Wood Cutting, 1st place was won by Chloe Richardson from Harmony Grove and 2nd went to Brilee Carelock from Parkers Chapel.