Alice Dalton '23
Alice Dalton of Arlington, a senior (Class of 2023) in the Electrical Wiring career major, said her experience at Minuteman has inspired her to pursue a long-term career in a trade traditionally dominated by men. “I’m very proud to be a female in Electrical,” she said. “No matter what gender you are, you can do it if you want to. It’s great to come to our school and see other young women learning the trade.”
Alice is a member of the Girls in Trades club, in which female or nonbinary students studying trades such as carpentry, welding, plumbing, automotive, electrical, or others, network and attend workshops with female professionals and students from other schools. “You see a bunch of women who work in the trades and it’s empowering,” she said. “It’s like, ‘oh yes, I can do that.’”
Alice works for Cummings Properties every other week through Minuteman’s Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op.) She is also a three-sport athlete and was Class President her junior year. “Sports is a big part of my experience at Minuteman,” she said.
Alice Dalton, on left, playing on the Minuteman Girls' Soccer Team in the fall of 2021.
When she began attending Minuteman, Alice wanted to follow in the footsteps of her mother, who is a Minuteman graduate and went into nursing. But through the Freshman Exploratory Program, she was drawn to Electrical. She says new students should take a chance on Minuteman and keep an open mind.
“For any eighth grader who is thinking about coming here, I would say absolutely do it,” she said. “Come to Minuteman and try something you’re not totally comfortable with. You never know, you might actually like it.”