Girls, Inc. partners with construction industry leaders to offer unique learning opportunity
On Tuesday, Aug. 4, sixth and seventh grade girls from Girls Inc. of Metro Denver got a glimpse at construction careers from Kiewit, Kiewit-Turner and the Regional Transportation District (RTD). The experience was part of Kiewit’s Building Construction Futures program, which aims to educate the community, specifically youth, the unemployed and the underemployed about meaningful, life-long career opportunities in construction.
The girls started with stretch and flex exercises before the day’s activities, which included a series of presentations on construction, engineering and design, as well as on trade professions like carpentry, welding and masonry. They also toured the I-225 Rail Line, where they geared up in personal protective equipment and watched as carpenters and linemen worked on the I-225 light rail track along Abilene St. in Aurora, Colo.
“It is important for girls to have exposure to non-traditional career fields for women, like construction, and learn through hands-on experiences in the field We are thrilled that Kiewit was able to provide this meaningful opportunity to middle school girls this summer! , said Sonya Ulibarri, President & CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. There is a shortage of skilled trade workers in the construction industry. Exposing girls and women to the trades and construction is a way to increase the pipeline of workers. Through Kiewit’s Building Construction Futures, these girls were given the opportunity to explore a career in a trade, which offers competitive pay and benefits.
About Girls, Inc.
The mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM GIMD delivers gender-specific programs to over 2,200 girls each year from across the Denver metro area. These programs equip girls ages 6 to 18 to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. The organization is an affiliate of the national nonprofit Girls Incorporated, whose research-based programs and expertise on girls’ issues date back to 1864. For more information, please visit www.girlsincdenver.org.