Clark Construction - Camp NAWIC Introduction

Clark Construction has been a key partner for Camp NAWIC San Diego. Check out their latest video promoting the program. We are so proud to see it features one of our Camp graduates. She'll tell you in her own words the impact this program has made on her life. 

Want to learn more about Camp NAWIC? Check out our Programs page.

 
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KUSI Features Camp NAWIC 2018

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.

Its mission to support women active in the construction industry.

The San Diego Chapter, chartered on April 30, 1959, is very active and involved in the construction industry and the community.

Each year the chapter participates in a variety of events including educational seminars and conferences, Women in Construction Week (WIC Week), Block Kids (construction awareness program for children in grades K thru 6), CAD/Design/Drafting Contest (High School student activity), Camp NAWIC (a week long program designed to mentor high school girls regarding a career in the construction industry), college scholarships, joint meetings with other San Diego professional organizations and various activities with local charities.

Future Construction Leaders of San Diego, (NAWIC San Diego’s charitable foundation) mission is the advancement of programs focused on educating youth about career opportunities in the construction industry and encouraging them to pursue a career in this field.

Camp NAWIC is coming up on its 11th year June 18-22.

Camp NAWIC provides a supportive and nurturing environment for high school girls to explore and develop basic skills in construction and safety areas such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, landscaping, heavy equipment, surveying, and masonry.

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San Diego’s Camp NAWIC Highlighted in National Magazine
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NAWIC Image, the national magazine of the National Association of Women in Construction, features San Diego’s 2017 Camp NAWIC in its Fall 2017 edition. The success of San Diego’s Camp NAWIC came to the attention of editors through a column written by Associated Builders and Contractors apprenticeship board chairman Brian Lynch. He agreed to write a column for NAWIC Image.

Thank you to Brian and NAWIC for the coverage, and thank you to all of the instructors, organizers, sponsors, and many other partners and volunteers who make Camp NAWIC possible for our high school students.

If you would like to sponsor Camp NAWIC 2018, please contact us or visit our Donate page for more information.

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Masonry Industry Training Association Highlights Camp NAWIC 2017
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The Masonry Industry Training Association (MITA) shined a spotlight on masonry skills training as part of the 2017 edition of Camp NAWIC in its July 2017 newsletter.

MITA provided instruction in hands-on skills, putting tools in the campers’ hands to build two planters in a single-day project. The 2 beautiful planters were designed to match the updated entrance to the Athletic Fields at Kearny High School Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design (EID). 

See video of the young women at work below.

 
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San Diego Transcript: Seeing is believing for women in construction
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San Diego Transcript monthly columnist Brian Lynch, president of Certified Air Conditioning in San Diego and board chairman of the ABC San Diego Training Trust, wrote about the Future Construction Leaders Foundation’s efforts and Camp NAWIC 2017 in his July column.

The Foundation and its supports thank Brian for shining a light on efforts to recruit more women into the construction talent pool.

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‘Africa Rocks’ Behind the Scenes Tour Benefits Foundation

Two dozen members of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) enjoyed an exclusive behind the scenes tour and construction site walk of the new ‘Africa Rocks’ exhibit at the world famous San Diego Zoo. Hosted by construction project manager Rudolph & Sletten, the fundraiser benefitted the Future Construction Leaders Foundation.

Participants were able to see the construction site in many different stages of completion, from underground utility installation, to a three-acre wire canopy that will become the enclosures for many of the animals. This will give an open feel to the exhibit,
allowing the animals a more natural habitat. The group also viewed the finished section where penguins and tiger sharks are displayed.

A big thank you to Rudolph & Sletten for generously hosting NAWIC and Rudolph & Sletten’s ongoing support of our programs to develop a quality construction workforce.

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Inspiring the Next Generation at Camp NAWIC 2017
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Twenty-seven San Diego high school girls enjoyed the opportunity to learn about careers in construction through Camp NAWIC 2017, a hands-on free summer day camp hosted by the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. Camp NAWIC celebrated its tenth year of investing in the next generation of construction professionals at the Kearny High School of Engineering, Innovation and Design 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.

Camp activities and projects are designed to challenge the students to discover the many opportunities available. Girls learn teamwork and trade skills. Instructors and camp mentors are all construction professionals.

On their first day, the 12 first-time apprentices worked with sheet metal to build their own tool boxes, and the 15 journeypersons returning for a second or third year of camp began their work on a new storage shed for the athletic department. By midweek, the apprentices were learning about electrical work, and the journeypersons worked on the exterior siding as well as roofing for the shed. By the fifth and final day of Camp NAWIC, the journeyperson team completed the shed, and the apprentices built block planters in the new athletic field area. The apprentices also learned how to operate heavy machinery.

NAWIC San Diego and Future Construction Leaders Foundation thanks our instructors, material suppliers and financial sponsors who made Camp NAWIC 2017 possible for these impressive young women:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors, San Diego Training Trust
  • Associated General Contractors Apprenticeship Training Trust
  • Breceda Landscape
  • Countywide Metal
  • El Cajon Plumbing & Heating Co.
  • Hawthorne CAT
  • International Brotherhood Electrical Workers Local 569
  • Kearny High School – Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design
  • H & E Equipment Services, Inc.
  • Jobsite Supply
  • Masonry Industry Training Association
  • My City Screen Printing
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • Dave Ratynski—DNS Masonry
  • RCP Block & Brick
  • Rick Engineering Company
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Local 206
  • Sunstate Equipment
  • Tomboy Tools– Nancy Eaton
  • UNITIS
  • VIEGA
  • CRC CARES Foundation
  • Dynalectric Company
  • Paradigm Mechanical Corp
  • Swinerton Foundation
  • Swinerton Renewable Energy
  • PCL Construction
  • American Society of Professional Estimators
  • Casper Company
  • Datalink Solutions, Inc.
  • Marcia Hazan & Mark Cammell
  • Sheila Holdway
  • Kramer Engineering
  • Brian Monson
  • Rhonda Mitchell
  • Davies Electric Company, Inc.
  • Gwen & Neil Miller
  • Law Office of Wendi Santino
  • Diane Quimby
     
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KGTV 10 News Features Camp NAWIC 2017
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The 2017 edition of Camp NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) takes place June 19 – June 23, 2017 at Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation & Design. This camp introduces female high school students to the construction industry in a positive and challenging manner.

Learn more about Camp NAWIC in this interview with Suzanne Ives of NAWIC San Diego, aired on KGTV 10 News.

High school girls can attend Camp NAWIC at no charge, learning the basic skills of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, concrete, surveying, and heavy equipment operation.

This camp is designed to challenge high school girls to discover the many opportunities available in our exciting and rewarding industry. Girls learn valuable trade and life skills.

Each of the apprentices will be provided with a set of small hand tools, a hard hat, tool bag and safety glasses. The journeymen will receive two additional tools to add to their tool bag. In the process of learning the apprentices will each complete several projects they will take home. The journeymen (returning campers) will put to use the skills they learned as apprentices at Camp NAWIC by building a project for the school campus.

Guest speakers and camp counselors will include men and women employed in the San Diego regional construction industry.  

Future Construction Leaders Foundation is seeking financial sponsors to assist in creating a memorable experience for the students – one that will encourage them to pursue more information regarding a career in the construction industry. Visit the Become a Sponsor page and learn how you can help support Camp NAWIC and other Foundation programs.

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Supporting Girls in STEM Careers
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If you hear STEM and think about trees, Future Construction Leaders Foundation San Diego and many other organizations would like to change your thinking.

"STEM" is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is most often applied to education. The origin of this acronym is usually given to Judith A. Ramaley. She served as the assistant director for education and human resources at the National Science Foundation from 2001 to 2004.

Ramaley later served as president of Winona State University in Minnesota. It was there her local newspaper quoted her saying that when her team was first creating curricula for those disciplines, the acronym they came up with was "SMET," but she "didn't like the sound of that word." So she changed it.

But educators have been concerned about improving education in these disciplines for much longer. The need is especially great among young women who have often been left short of education in these fields due to (sometimes well-intentioned) gender bias.

Dr. Eboni Camille Chillis, Ph.D., Coordinator of Career, Technical & Agricultural Education at Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia, recently wrote about STEM education. Our organization found it worth sharing with you.

Please read Dr. Chillis' thoughts here.

There will be 2.4 million STEM jobs left unfilled by the end of 2018. The time is NOW to recruit and educate girls and women in these jobs for both their benefit and for the benefit of our society.

This blog was originally posted on the ACTE Educators in Action Blog and was reposted with permission.

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Foundation Joins STEAM Maker Festival Festivities
 (L to R) Teran Breceda, Jan Parthemer, Anita Villani Barnes, Rhonda Mitchell, Linda Young, and Shannon Carner at the 2016 STEAM Maker Festival.

(L to R) Teran Breceda, Jan Parthemer, Anita Villani Barnes, Rhonda Mitchell, Linda Young, and Shannon Carner at the 2016 STEAM Maker Festival.

 Visitors to the Future Construction Leaders Foundation booth were invited to write cards to military servicemen and women deployed overseas during the holidays.

Visitors to the Future Construction Leaders Foundation booth were invited to write cards to military servicemen and women deployed overseas during the holidays.

An enthusiastic team representing Future Construction Leaders Foundation participated in the recent STEAM Maker Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event is a hands-on family-based educational festival highlighting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education opportunities. The festival allows students at all grade levels to explore and learn about how STEAM education prepares them for the modern workforce -- including construction careers.

Future Construction Leaders Foundation enjoyed its participation in the STEAM Maker Festival and the opportunity to display the commitment to the outreach of STEAM programs alongside more than two dozen technology company demonstrations and activities.

One percent of all STEAM Maker Festival proceeds and sponsorship go directly toward providing free events, programs and activities to San Diego County schools, including all of the festivals and STEAM Challenges which welcome hundreds of participants from 200+ schools, in addition to more than 7,000 attendees.

 Is one of these students a future construction leader?

Is one of these students a future construction leader?

 (Left, Myrna L. Smith): Visitors enjoy the Future Construction Leaders Foundation display at the 2016 STEAM Maker Festival.

(Left, Myrna L. Smith): Visitors enjoy the Future Construction Leaders Foundation display at the 2016 STEAM Maker Festival.

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Sherry Yarbrough Named Recipient of 2016 WILL Award by East County Chamber of Commerce
 (L to R) 2015 WILL Award recipients Catt Fields White, Theresa Kemper, Sherry Yarbrough, Alison Cummings, Dana Rivers, Jill Meyers. Not shown Marlee Ehrenfeld.

(L to R) 2015 WILL Award recipients Catt Fields White, Theresa Kemper, Sherry Yarbrough, Alison Cummings, Dana Rivers, Jill Meyers. Not shown Marlee Ehrenfeld.

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce recently honored Sherry Yarbrough, Executive Director of the Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Training Program as one of seven recipients of the Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL) award.

According to Leah McIvor, 2016 event chair, 35 nominees were considered by the committee for the awards program, now in its 14th year. She said the recipients were honored for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business.

“All of these women, the nominees and the awardees, are very deserving of the recognition they’ve received today,” said McIvor. “They’ve had a positive impact on the local economy, and have contributed in many other ways to the greater San Diego area.”

Yarbrough was selected for her professional accomplishments as a leader in construction craft professional education; her volunteer contributions to industry related advocacy organizations including the National Association of Women in Construction including her role as a founding member of Future Construction Leaders Foundation of San Diego; and as champion for increasing professional opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups in the construction industry.

Watch a portion of Sherry's acceptance speech in the video to the left.

Since the ABC’s Apprenticeship Training Program began in 1989, more than 2,200 graduates have launched rewarding careers in five different construction crafts, including electrical, plumbing, pipefitting, sheet metal and air conditioning and heating.  In addition to her work with NAWIC and the Future Construction Leaders Foundation, Sherry is also is a founding board member of the North County Trade Tech Charter High School, a school providing an alternative educational path for at-risk youth through New Haven Youth & Family Services.

After a 17-year career at ABC, Sherry is retiring at the end of this year. She will continue to serve as a board member of Future Construction Leaders.

Other honorees also included Alison Cummings, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC); Marlee J. Ehrenfeld, MJE Marketing; Theresa Kemper, Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD); Jill Meyers, Women in Aviation International; Dana Rivers, Barona Resort & Casino; and Catt Fields White, San Diego Public Markets.

The September 16 luncheon drew 360 attendees to the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley. Emcee was former TV anchor Lee Ann Kim who now serves currently serves on advisory boards for the Women’s Museum and San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. Kim was a WILL honoree in 2014. Keynote speaker was fitness instructor, dancer and choreographer Dionne Thomas, a licensed Zumba instructor and speaker at a 2015 TedX Temecula event.

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Young Construction Professionals Work Toward Careers at Camp NAWIC 2016

Watch San Diego high school girls as they get the opportunity to learn about careers in construction through Camp NAWIC 2016, a hands-on free summer day camp hosted by the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. Camp NAWIC celebrated its ninth year of camp at the Kearny High School of Engineering, Innovation and Design 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. Camp activities and projects are designed to challenge the students to discover the many opportunities available. Girls learn teamwork and trade skills. Instructors and camp mentors are all construction professionals.

Future Construction Leaders Foundation thanks Sandra Cree of Creeations Photography for contributing her time and talent to this video.

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High School Girls Build Careers at Camp NAWIC San Diego 2016
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San Diego construction pros encourage young women to explore careers June 27-July 1

(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 ninth year of camp, scheduled the week of June 27 through July 1 at the Kearny High School of Engineering, Innovation and Design 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. Camp activities and projects are designed to challenge the students to discover the many opportunities available. Girls learn teamwork and trade skills. Instructors and camp mentors are all construction professionals.

See our campers hard at work from Camp NAWIC 2015:

“Construction is an incredibly rewarding field for women with one of the best gender pay rates of any industry,” said Linda Young, Future Construction Leaders Foundation president. “With many construction professionals closing in on retirement age, there is a serious labor shortage ahead and opportunities will be abundant for candidates with the training and skills.”

During their week at Camp NAWIC, girls will be divided into two groups. First-time attendees, or “apprentices,” will learn the basic skills of masonry, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, solar energy, 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 a shortage she which will be donated to a pre-school/kindergarten program.

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.

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 Future Construction Leaders Foundation of San Diego, the recently formed 501c3 nonprofit supporting programs fostering interest in construction industry careers among youth. Tax deductible donations to help support Camp NAWIC and other efforts of the Future Construction Leaders Foundation can be made at our Donate page or by contacting Linda Young at futureconstructionleaders@gmail.com

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San Diego Business Journal: Executive Q&A, Linda Young
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Future Construction Leaders Foundation board president Linda Young recently sat down with San Diego Business Journal construction reporter Katie Callahan to talk about her career in construction and her 30 years of involvement with the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Linda talks about the phenomenal opportunities and good salaries and benefits available in the construction industry, and the mentoring available to help young women and others aspire to construction careers.

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