Programs

Through your generous support, Future Construction Leaders of San Diego funds four main programs annually designed to encourage youth of all ages to pursue careers in the construction industry.

Camp NAWIC

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Camp NAWIC San Diego provides a unique week-long hands-on approach to a construction career to high school girls at no cost to the participants. The all-female setting permits 100 percent focus without negative social influences thus building confidence and self-worth. Campers practice and learn the basic elements of various construction trades and develop a “can do” attitude they can apply in many aspects of their lives.

Many Camp NAWIC graduates return to mentor younger campers. Twenty-five percent of all Camp NAWIC graduates pursue higher education or apprenticeship training in construction careers. Many are the first person to pursue post-secondary education in their families.

Camp NAWIC would not be possible without the committed construction industry professionals who volunteer as instructors and mentors in their craft specialties, and who also provide materials and financial support.

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Block Kids Event

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The Block Kids Building Program is a competition for elementary school children sponsored on the local level by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) chapter.  The Block Kids competition challenges the participants’ imagination in constructing a structure or project using interlocking blocks. Local winners can advance to Regional competition and to National competition.

The award-winning program introduces children to construction industry careers at an early age, creating awareness and developing their interest in future careers in the industry.

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CAD Design/Drafting Competition

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The Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Design or Hand Drafting Competition is designed to challenge high school students to produce creative designs, craftsmanship and successful problem solving through preparation of architectural drawings. Entries are evaluated for detail, accuracy and originality of work. The competition introduces students to the construction industry in a positive and challenging manner, while fostering a sense of self-worth and building confidence. Mentoring programs between students and educators throughout the process are encouraged.

Students address a “Design Problem” designed by a licensed architect or engineer. Project drawings must include a minimum of: a floor plan, exterior elevation and site plan and placement of structure. Local and regional winners move on to national level competition, where they receive additional monetary prizes.

The San Diego Regional CAD Drafting Competition recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Competition is open to all schools in San Diego County. Winners are recognized at the annual NAWIC San Diego awards dinner where they receive cash prizes. In conjunction with the competition, students and teachers are invited to an educational and entertaining field trip which may include a construction job site visit, tour of a LEED Platinum building, or demonstration of innovative drafting software presented by industry professionals. Students enjoy exposure to experiences they might not have without the CAD/Drafting Competition. They leave excited about the many career options open to them in the construction industry.

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NAWIC Annual College Scholarship Program

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Receiving a merit-based scholarship can be life changing for a student, a positive affirmation that builds confidence and provides a foundation for future success.

San Diego’s construction professionals grant at least two scholarships annually to deserving recipients through the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) San Diego College Scholarship Program.

One scholarship is currently dedicated to a male or female student pursuing any college degree who has a parent employed in the San Diego construction industry. The second scholarship is awarded to a female student pursuing a college degree in a construction related profession such as architecture, engineering, or construction management.

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