June 10, 2015
Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
(619) 997-2495 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(San Diego) – High school girls get the opportunity to learn about careers in construction through Camp NAWIC, a hands-on free summer day camp hosted by the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. Camp NAWIC celebrates its eighth year of camp, scheduled the week of June 22 through 26 at the Stanley Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design at Kearny High School in San Diego.
Camp NAWIC was created as a community outreach project to kindle interest among high school age girls in pursuing careers in the construction industry, where women are still vastly under represented.
Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego instructor Andy Pina works with apprentices at Camp NAWIC in 2014.
During their week at Camp NAWIC, girls will be divided into two groups. First-time attendees, or “apprentices,” will learn the basic skills of carpentry, electrical, concrete, plumbing, sheet metal, and surveying. Returning campers, or “journeywomen,” will refresh their skills and then participate in a hands-on building project. This year, the journeywomen will construct concrete and wooden benches to benefit the school.
Camp activities also include hands-on heavy equipment activity and more. Prior to the start of skill courses, all Camp NAWIC participants will attend four hours of safety training and pass a written exam. Safety briefings will take place daily at required meetings for participants at all levels.
Construction industry volunteers from apprenticeship programs including the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, Associated General Contractors of San Diego, IBEW and the Sheet Metal JATC contribute their time as instructors and mentors to the campers. They teach not only basic construction skills but leadership lessons to enhance the ability of the young women to work together as teams to accomplish a job. Practical application of all lessons is emphasized throughout the camp.
Since inception, Camp NAWIC apprentices and journeywomen have received coaching in ten disciplines: Carpentry, Concrete, Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operation, Landscaping, Masonry, Painting, Sheet Metal, Surveying, and Tile Setting.
Camp NAWIC will receive funding from the NAWIC San Diego Future Leaders Foundation, the recently formed 501c3 charitable arm of NAWIC San Diego. Tax deductible donations to help support Camp NAWIC and other efforts of the Future Construction Leaders Foundation can be made at NawicSD.org or by contacting Linda Young at email@example.com
About NAWIC San Diego
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) was founded in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1955. Since its founding, NAWIC has grown to a membership of over 5,800 women with close to 200 chapters in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & England, including in San Diego, California. The San Diego Chapter, chartered on April 30, 1959, is active and involved in the construction industry and the community. The San Diego chapter participates in a variety of annual events including educational seminars and conferences, Women in Construction Week, Block Kids (construction awareness program for children in grades one through six), CAD/Drafting Contest (high school student activity), Camp NAWIC. (a week long program designed to mentor high school girls planning to enter the construction industry), college scholarships, joint meetings with other San Diego professional organizations and various activities with local charities. For more information about NAWIC in San Diego, visit the website at nawicsd.org