It’s not what’s driving Girl Scouts; it’s what Girl Scouts may be driving! A new event expands career options for young women.
There they were, more than 100 Girl Scouts from the Chicago area, ages 6 to 12, all waiting for their chance to climb inside a “big rig.” This happened earlier this week, at Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, as they held the first ever “Trucks Are For Girls!” event, in partnership with the Women in Trucking Association. The goal of the event was to educate Girl Scouts on transportation industry career opportunities. And boy, did they ever succeed!
The Girl Scouts of the USA organization is always looking for ways to empower young women, to expand rather than decrease options; this event is a prime example of that. Driving a truck has always been considered a “man’s job,” but that’s not the way it has to be. And since the Boy Scouts already offer members a Truck Transportation and Safety merit badge, it’s only fair that the Girl Scouts have something similar. That’s why attendees at the event received a Transportation Patch.
This was such a great event, and I am so happy that I was there to see it. The girls were able to hear from a woman in the industry, Dr. Lenora Hardee, Chief Technical Engineer with Navistar, complete a vehicle inspection, take a quiz, and climb inside a big rig with the help of Olive-Harvey’s truck driving students. Their favorite part was getting the chance to be up close to the trucks and hearing the truck driving students from Olive-Harvey explain how the vehicles perform.
Olive-Harvey College is the City Colleges’ College to Careers hub for TDL (transportation, distribution, and logistics) education, which made it the perfect venue for what is hoped to be a recurring event. I can’t wait for the next event…and the opportunity to introduce girls to a whole new potential career track.
But don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get those delicious cookies…after all, they’re delivered by truck.