Inspiring the Next Generation at Camp NAWIC 2017


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
  • 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
Linda Young