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Albany Technical College is teaming up with the Flint River Habitat for Humanity chapter to host the G.I.R.L.S camp.

The mission of the camp is to expose young ladies to careers in the construction and energy fields by engaging in practical work.

Dean of Academic Affairs Emmett Griswold says the camp not only benefits the girls but the community as a whole.

"The young ladies are not only learning trade and how to paint. They're learning how to do landscaping, and they're doing a noble service to the community. They are helping the habitat, which is a volunteer, non-profit organization, where it gives out to less fortunate individuals so again they're doing a noble service to the community," said Griswold.

G.I.R.L.S stands for gumption, innovation, responsibility, leadership, and service. Camper Jasmine Randall says the camp means a lot to her.

"I learned new things and new jobs that I wasn't really interested in at first such as brick masonry and electricity, jobs I thought were basically for males, but I learned a lot," said Randall.

On the final day of camp, the ladies participate in building a house for Habitat for Humanity, so families with low income can have a home. 

Jasmine and the other young ladies know giving back to the community and less fortunate is important to the camp and has made them very proud.

"I feel everyone should have a house and provide for their kids and for their family. I think it's great that I'm here and apart of this to help them do this. It makes me feel great inside and I know it'll make the family, who the house is for, great as well," said Randall.

Griswold wants the public to know, women don't have to follow the traditional path of being a teacher or nurse. There is a high demand for careers in construction and electricity waiting to be filled by women.

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