Metro Summer Camp Lets Girls Learn From Real Women Working in Construction Industry

By on June 7, 2018

From Fox:  At one metro summer camp, high school girls are heading to the construction site to learn from real women in the industry.

“I like hands-on stuff like that, construction,” said Jashae Trezvant, one student attending the camp.

“I thought it sounded really cool, and I’ve never done anything like this before,” said Lily Spinner, another student attending the camp.

The Kansas City Construction Industry and the National Association of Women in Construction have paired up every year for the last seven years to offer high school girls tricks of the trades.

“We think there’s a strong need to more females out in the construction industry,” said Alise Martiny, the camp coordinator and a member of the Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council. “There’s a lot of work going on with the downtown convention hotel, as well as the airport. We’re just trying to make sure our workforce is diverse.”

They offer a free weeklong camp to metro girls, so they can learn hands-on skills.

“Electrical, pipe fitters, plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers, laborers,” Martiny said.

On Tuesday, tradeswomen and instructors at the Builders’ Association Training Center taught the girls at the camp welding, among other skills.

“Usually girls don’t do this type of thing, so I’m really surprised,” Trezvant said. “It’s for anybody. Anybody can do this.”

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