Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ladies: It's hardhat time

Everybody seems to think we need more roads and bridges (how about fixing up the DC subway?).

Jennifer A. Johnson, Cronkite News Service, reports on Arizona State’s “Advancing Women in Construction” program.

Sixteen students are enrolled in the third year of this—they get instruction, internships, connections, mentoring.

Women are now 10% of the construction workforce, but women-owned firms are up 20% from 1997 to 2002.

The leaders of the program admit being young and female may be a drawback in this field. Yet companies are seeking diversity—so here’s some!

Overall, construction is expected to rise almost 20% in the next eight years. You could rise along with it—if you are ready for that shovel, hardhat, and blueprints-- and can shine on the attitudes for a while.

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