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Summer Camp Encourages Girls to Choose Construction Career Path

Mentoring a Girl in Construction Summer Camp prepares young women for career in the trades

At the MAGIC Summer Camp, held July 29 through August 2 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga., girls from all over the metro Atlanta area we well as some other states didn't learn how to master card tricks or illusions. Instead, they received an introduction to the electrical trade at the "Mentoring a Girl in Construction" (MAGIC) event.

Hosted by NAWIC (National Association of Women In Construction) Sugarloaf Chapter and supported by IEC, the program provided girls (ranging in age from 14 to 20) with exposure to construction safety, carpentry, electrical, welding, and plumbing. Each day, an accomplished woman in the field spoke at lunch, offering the group first-hand experience of what it is like to be a successful woman in construction.

IEC members participated in the MAGIC Summer Camp Program where future women in construction like Tanasia Hatter, shown here, learned hands-on trade skills.

Kristen Williams of Penco Electric and an IEC member assisted the girls in wiring a residential project, and later in the afternoon instructed them on how to wire a lamp. At the end of the camp, attendees received a job-site tour.

“The young women who participate in MAGIC Camp not only learn about construction trades, they also gain confidence in themselves and grow as an individual knowing that they can accomplish anything that they set their heart out to do!” said IEC Workforce Developer and President of the NAWIC Sugarloaf Chapter Lana Frye, who volunteered her time and experience in the construction industry to the camp.

To find out more about MAGIC Camp or how to help through IEC, contact IEC’s Work Force Developer Lana Frye at (770) 242-9277.

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