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GIRLS CAN Construction Camp to Train Female Students in Skilled Trades

May 31, 2019

The annual Girls Can Construction Camp — an event geared toward introducing skilled trades to 8th through 10th grade female students — will take place June 3-7 at the Bryant Career Technical Center in Irvington, AL.

19 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:             2019 GIRLS CAN Construction Camp

WHEN:             June 3-7, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:           Bryant Career Technical Center

DETAILS:         Monday & Tuesday – Carpentry & Welding / Wednesday & Thursday – Electrical & Pipefitting / Friday – Field trip to Alabama Power’s Theodore Cogen & Completion Ceremony

“We believe that it is important to encourage and empower women to join skilled trades as they are a vital part of the industry,” said Jason Phelps, executive director of Go Build Alabama. “We are proud to support this event that will educate the upcoming generation of female professionals.”

The 2019 GIRLS CAN Construction Camp, in partnership with Alabama Power, is sponsored by Go Build Alabama, Austal, Ashton & Company, G.A. West, Fluor, AGC Alabama – Mobile Section, Airgas, and Performance Contractors, Inc.

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

About Go Build Alabama

ACRI launched the Go Build campaign in August of 2010 in effort to prepare for the anticipated shortage as older tradesmen leave the workforce. One-third of all skilled tradesmen in the construction industry are over the age of 50. With their retirement on the horizon, training programs are not producing enough young workers to replace those exiting the industry. The Go Build campaign aims to recruit the next generation of skilled construction trade workers. Visit GoBuildAlabama.com for more.

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