On Saturday, March 5, Build California attended the McCarthy Construction 101 event. There were 35 young women in attendance who rotated to different booths hosted by different construction companies. These companies included Rosendin, Southland, Goodfellow Bros, Pan Pacific Mechanical, Hilti, PCI, Cornerstone Masonry, Helix Electric, and JD2. The young women were able to build steel toolboxes, learn how to pour concrete and create photo holders, and use electricity to create a connection and charge their phones. These interactive activities are designed to get them interested in a career in the construction industry.
There were also booths that featured the NorCal Carpenters Training Center, Cal Poly WIC chapter, Build California, and Capitol College and Career Academy (CCCA). Katie Dunn, Build California Coordinator, was able to chat with many of the young women and share information about how Build California can support students interested in the industry but do not know where to start. The event was a success with many young women sharing how excited they were to build something and gain those skills.
During the month of February, Build California had the opportunity to attend several similar events, all geared towards engaging with and inspiring students, including:
- February 9 and 10 – Career fair for 150 high school students at Encina High School in Sacramento.
- February 23 – Partnered with A-C Electric to do a Day in the Life of an Electrician via Instagram.
- February 23 – Visited Fontana High School and Citrus High School in the Fontana area to learn more about their construction pathway program and introduce Build California to students and educators.
- February 24 – Toured the SoCal Laborers Training School and the Southwest Carpenters Union Training Center and will be highlighting both training centers on Build California’s Instagram social media platform to show viewers what a training center looks like.
- February 24 – Participated in a Women in STEM virtual event and engaged virtually with roughly 350 students from 23 different middle schools and high schools from LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified District).
If you are interested in learning more about Build California and how you and your company can engage with our workforce development program please reach out to Aby Palomares, Build California Manager at PalomaresA@agc-ca.org to request a lunch and learn for your company.