Young Women Thrive at Construction CampContributor: Swinerton Blogger | October 01, 2014
For over 60 years, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has provided female industry professionals with opportunities for job development, education, networking, leadership training, and public service. Every summer, they host Camp NAWIC for young women (incoming freshman to recently graduated seniors) interested in the field of construction. The five-day camp immerses them in the entire industry, providing lifelong training skills and confidence to seek out careers they might have otherwise thought were out of reach.
This year in addition to pitching in during camp, several women actively involved in NAWIC from Swinerton’s San Diego office joined the Camp NAWIC committee, taking an active role in planning and organizing in the months preceding the big week. In addition to campers daily toolbox meetings and project work, throughout the week professionals from all different aspects of the industry visited to inform the young women about their particular trade. This included two members from Swinerton’s own drywall group, Noel Cueva and Carlos Diaz, who volunteered several days of their time assisting the campers in roofing, drywall, and basic carpentry.
A thoroughly positive experience for everyone involved, Camp NAWIC builds a solid foundation for the future women leaders in construction.
-By Mark Rafferty & Tracy Wilkes