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May 31. 2011

Contact:
Lorelee Langworthy, President
                NAWIC San Diego
                858-712-4700

National Association of Women in Construction San Diego
Honored by San Diego Unified School District
SDUSD cites NAWIC’s mentoring initiative and career training, donations


(San Diego) - The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) San Diego Chapter has been honored by the San Diego Unified School District as the Construction Tech Academy and SDUSD Partner of the Year for its ongoing commitment to mentoring students, providing career education and supporting programs through donations of volunteer time and resources.

NAWIC San Diego’s “Mentoring/MAGIC Committee” has been a partner of the Construction Tech Academy since 2006, providing guest speakers for classrooms, mentors, internships, job shadowing opportunities, panel members for student projects and field trips to job sites.

NAWIC provides materials and time to help with interdisciplinary projects. It created and facilitates a computer aided design (CAD) drafting competition, offering college scholarships to students with exceptional skills. NAWIC created curriculum for high school freshmen to reinforce learning outcomes in English, earth science, construction and geometry.

“Through NAWIC’s programs, we teach students skills in the classroom as well the critical skills they will need outside the classroom and in the workplace such as team work, resource allocation, and meeting deadlines,” said Lorelee Langworthy, President of NAWIC San Diego. “We also expose students to career paths in engineering, architecture and construction.”

During the summer break, NAWIC hosts “MAGIC Camp,” a week-long construction summer camp for female students. NAWIC collaborates with dozens of industry companies to secure donations of materials and to provide mentors so students can engage in hands-on projects. At last year’s MAGIC Camp, students built a solar greenhouse and benches.

“NAWIC San Diego thanks the San Diego Unified School District for this recognition,” said Langworthy. “We also want to recognize and thank our many partners including Construction Tech Academy, Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego, Associated General Contractors, National Electrical Contractors Association, Sheet Metal Workers of America, Hensel Phelps, Hawthorne CAT, Dynalectric Co., Baker Electric Co., Rick Engineering, University Mechanical, Clark Builders Group, Swinerton Builders and so many other local companies. They make our initiative offering high school girls an opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment free of charge possible.”

“At our summer day camp, high school girls discover the many career opportunities available to them in the construction industry that they may never have considered, or felt they had a chance to pursue,” said Langworthy.

Construction remains one of the last few overwhelmingly male-dominated career fields. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and NAWIC surveys, construction related jobs account for approximately 66% of all jobs in the United States. The workforce is comprised of 90.4% men and 9.6% women (2006).
For more information on volunteering or donating to the NAWIC Mentoring/MAGIC Camp program, contact Linda Young at sdwic@cox.net or Jan Parthemer at janp@datalinksolutions.com