New Austin camp encourages girls to consider construction careers
Friday, June 14, 2019
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thirteen middle-school-age girls are spending the week learning valuable skills as a precursor to possible careers in the construction industry.
The group will build and wire their own lamps, pour concrete and build a free library stand over the course of the week in a bid from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to recruit more girls into the industry early.
“There’s just not a lot of talk about what opportunities are out there, and that’s kind of our goal is to show the kids what else there could be,” said Jordan Moore, a specialist at plumbing supplier Ferguson Enterprises and board member at NAWIC’s Austin chapter.
Moore started in the industry when she decided she’d rather start her career than stay in college. She became a plumber’s apprentice, going to clients’ houses and working with her hands. “It was very satisfying work,” she said, once she got past the initial double-take.
Clients would “usually open the door and go, ‘Oh, it’s a girl!’ she said. “So it was kind of like having a new baby every new service visit that you went on.”