High School Girls Build Careers at Camp NAWIC San Diego 2016


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

Linda Young