North Shore Mining presentation features women in miningMining isn’t just a man’s world! North Shore Mining is offering Silver Bay students an opportunity to learn about the company and careers within. Employees will give a presentation at William Kelley High School about the workplace, specifically about women workers.
By: Claire Hoffert, Lake County News Chronicle
Mining isn’t just a man’s world! North Shore Mining is offering Silver Bay students an opportunity to learn about the company and careers within. Employees will give a presentation at William Kelley High School about the workplace, specifically about women workers.
“Our HR manager approached the school district with thoughts on how we can introduce mining to, in particular, women,” said Sandy Karnowski, the district manager of Public Affairs for Cliffs Natural Resources. “Female employees will present to students about their jobs and how they got there.”
The presentation will feature employees Angela King, Mandy Gurske, Liz Kaiser, April Ekholm and Jenny Ramsdell, who will speak about their positions, ranging from process control engineers to geologists.
“It’ll give the students a chance to see what goes on in the workplace, “ William Kelley Principal Joe Nicklay said. “It shows them the broad area of mining, that there are a variety of careers, and it will tear down walls for girls.”
During the program, each female employee will take 20 minutes to talk about their positions at the company and the steps they took to get there. They also are invited to bring the tools they use — for example, core drill samples, software, and water sampling equipment.
“One of the best things about this opportunity is that students will see what’s going on in the town, and that mining is not just a man’s workplace,” Nicklay said.
The presentation will be open to about 70 ninth- and tenth-graders at the school. The students will be given job summaries beforehand, so they have the chance to brainstorm questions to ask during the program.
The presentation will start at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 and last about 90 minutes. Nicklay said he is encouraged by what the presentations represent for high-schoolers.
“There are doors open for the students,” Nicklay said. “It’s a place for everyone.”