They do summer camps a little differently in Austin, Texas. Thanks to the National Association of Women in Construction, thirteen middle-school aged girls are learning the skills needed to begin careers in the construction industry and other trades.
During the week-long camp, they had the opportunity to build and wire lamps, learn the correct methods for pouring concrete, among other things.
Women only represent approximately 10% of the construction industry workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the lowest out of any other industry the agency tracks.
Ramona Gonzalez, an 8th grader who participated in the camp, has her mind already made up. “I want to be a landscape designer or a sustainable builder.” The fact that it’s a male-dominated industry doesn’t faze her one bit. She is already working towards a career in what she wants to do by taking classes in design modeling and green architecture.
“We can do the same things as a guy can do,” she said. Working with her hands and building something from the ground up is a rewarding experience for her.
Credit: KXAN News