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.

http://www.nawic.org/images/nawic/documents/LindaYoung_SDBJ_article.pdf

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CAD/Drafting Competition 2016 Results
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San Diego County Students Test Skills in 2016 CAD/Drafting Competition

The 2016 Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Design or Hand Drafting Competition sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWID) challenged 23 San Diego County high school students to produce creative designs, demonstrate craftsmanship and successful problem solving through preparation of architectural drawings.

This year’s CAD/Drafting Competition project required students to design a small 7,500 square foot grocery store. Competition judging took place at the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego office in Poway, California. Judges from all phases of the construction industry reviewed and scored completed drawings submitted by 23 students from San Diego County High Schools.

Project drawings must include at minimum a floor plan, exterior elevation and site plan and placement of structure. Local winners move on to national level competition, where they receive additional monetary prizes.

Entries were 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.
This year’s winners are:

  • First Place: Sherwin Labadan, Morse High School - $500 prize
  • Second Place: Lhymwell Manalo, Morse High School - $300 prize
  • Third Place: Luke Lawver, San Dieguito Academy - $150 prize

The three winners, their guests and their instructors were invited to attend the annual San Diego NAWIC Anniversary/Awards Dinner where they were recognized and presented with their prize money and awards. We wish all three good luck as they move on to national competition.

Thank you to our competition’s judges, all industry professionals who donated their time to review, score and critique the drawings:

  • Kenton Ahrentzen, Harper Construction Company, Inc.
  • Martin Flores, Rick Engineering Company
  • Jill Gravely, Hale Engineering
  • Rhonda Mitchell, UCSD
  • Russ Onufer, UCSD
  • Dion Richard, Sprotte Watson Architects
  • Patty Sprotte, Sprotte Watson Architects
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Future Construction Leaders Names Inaugural Board Members
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Construction industry leaders and allied professionals guide new nonprofit

(San Diego, Calif.) –  Future Construction Leaders Foundation of San Diego named its first board of directors to lead the newly approved nonprofit organization.

Future Construction Leaders Foundation (FCLF) is dedicated to generating financial support for programs and services focused on educating youth about career opportunities in the construction industry, and encouraging them to pursue careers in this field. FCLF supports programs including Camp NAWIC San Diego, Block Kids, CAD Drafting Competition, and an annual scholarship awards by the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Linda Young, CBT CIT, will serve as the first Board President. Young is the co-owner of CSOS Consulting in La Mesa, California.

Also serving on the inaugural Board of Directors for 2016:

  • Vice President: Teran Lindsley Breceda, Co-Onwer, Breceda Landscaping
  • Treasurer: Jan Parthemer, Owner, Datalink Solutions, Inc.
  • Secretary: Sherry Yarbrough, Executive Director, Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Apprenticeship Training Trust
  • Trustee: Anita Villani Barnes, Owner, Anita Fire Hose Company Etc.
  • Trustee: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, President, Falcon Valley Group
  • Trustee: Thomas W. Ferrell, Partner, Higgs Fletcher & Mack
  • Trustee: Loralee Langworthy, CIT, CDS, CBT, ISO/QAR, Contracts Manager, Dynalectric San Diego
  • Trustee: Rhonda Mitchell, CIT, Contracts Manager, Facilities Design & Construction, University of California, San Diego
  • Trustee: Myrna Smith, Design Administration Manager, Harper Construction Company, Inc.

“There are wonderful opportunities for rewarding careers in the construction industry today, but our talent pool is shrinking,” said Young. “Women, military veterans, and other diverse groups are often overlooked. In part this is due to a lack of exposure to the profession, and a lack of role models.

“Future Construction Leaders Foundation will work to raise funds supporting construction career programs for students of all ages and scholarships that can help them pursue the training they need to succeed,” said Young.

A McGraw-Hill Construction research report found 62 percent of contractors looking to hire employees believe their trade does not appeal to a younger generation of workers. The failure of serious recruiting and exposure to construction trades adds up to a serious concern for the construction industry.

As construction jobs are becoming more plentiful, the construction industry cannot afford to overlook much of its potential future workforce. It must work harder to educate high school students about the opportunities waiting for them, let them know they are all welcome in the profession, and hire candidates from under represented groups at all levels.

Linda Young