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Girls Can Construction Camp to Train Students in Skilled Trades

May 30, 2018

Columbiana, Ala. – The annual Girls Can Construction Camp – an event geared toward introducing skilled trades to eighth through 10th grade female students – will take place June 4-8 at the Career Technical Educational Center.

Fifteen students have been selected for the hands-on opportunity and immersion into carpentry, plumbing, welding and electrical. Each day will build on project work completed the previous day of instruction with the final day being an off-site tour and project presentations.


WHAT: 2018 Girls Can Construction Camp

WHEN: June 4-8, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Career Technical Educational Center, 701 Hwy 70, Columbiana, AL 35051

DETAILS: Monday – Carpentry

Tuesday – Plumbing

Wednesday – Welding

Thursday – Electrical

Friday – Field trip to E.C. Gaston Power Plant

The 2018 Girls Can Construction Camp is sponsored by Go Build Alabama, Alabama Power, Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board, Colburn Construction, Davis Plumbing, Insulators & Allied Workers Local 78, McAbee Construction, Magnus & Company, NCCER, Performance Contractors, Plumbing & Pipefitting Local 91, United Rentals and Yates Construction.

“Skilled trades are male-dominated professions, and we want to empower females to join the force by giving them early education and encouragement to pursue their interests,” said Julie Godfrey, supervisor of Career and Technical Education for the Shelby County Career Technical Educational Center.

Camp attendees will come from several high schools in the Shelby County School District. Each student was recruited through school assemblies and individual school counselors.

“We understand that women are vital to skilled trade industries statewide and beyond,” said Jason Phelps, executive director of Go Build Alabama. “We are proud to support an event that shares the goal to grow and foster a new generation of female professionals.”

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