Student Leadership Council

Our Non-Traditional CTE Students Strengthen their Leadership Skills

The Massachusetts Girls in Trades Student Leadership Council will engage young women (including transgender and non-binary individuals) currently enrolled in construction-related career and technical education programs, in discussions and activities to further promote leadership skills, fairness, and equity for learners in pathways that are non-traditional for their gender. Our specific focus is on women pursuing careers in the union construction trades, but all are welcome as broad-minded allies.

Jaylene dos Santos

Student Leadership Council Chair

Jaylene dos Santos is an engineering technology teacher at Blackstone Valley Tech. Jaylene worked for 8 years in civil engineering consulting before moving to education. She is a SkillsUSA Massachusetts Management Team member, which oversees the Technology Events for the last 10 years. She holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is working on a master’s in occupational education from Fitchburg State University.

Student Leadership Council Project

Promotional Bulletin Board:
Students will create a bulletin board promoting girls in trade within their schools and community. The board should promote the career pathways after graduation. Showcase the work being done by the girls in your school building. Bulletin Boards can be affixed to the wall or a trifold board that can be displayed.

Boards should include:

  • Projects created by students
  • Work within the community
  • Co-op placements
  • Pay ranges for different careers within the trade community.

Other ideas

  • Union application deadlines and how to apply to trade unions.
  • Local Job Opportunities
  • Mentoring opportunities for other students.
  • Publications to share within your school buildings.