“Our overall goal with Southern Dallas Thrives is to create opportunities for long-term, sustainable economic mobility for families living in Southern Dallas,” said Ashley Douglas, senior director of Southern Dallas Thrives at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “We’re thrilled to offer Women in Construction as a way to empower women in Southern Dallas to succeed in an industry that is growing quickly and includes a variety of potential career paths, while also helping employers tap into a new pool of workers.”
“This program is a perfect fit with Hilti’s efforts to help our partners in construction find the best employees for the future—and this must include women in the trades,” said Martina McIsaac, Region Head and CEO of Hilti North America, which is headquartered in Plano. “We are planning a full engagement with Women in Construction, and we are excited to share our expertise with speakers, trainers, tools, networking opportunities and more.”
A certified National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) instructor is teaching curriculum for Women in Construction at Dallas College. The program covers key construction topics and skills in a variety of areas, including plumbing and electrical. It also includes job coaching, job placement assistance, employer referrals and training on soft skills, such as best practices for finding and retaining a job.
During the six-week course, participants also receive wrap-around services, including transportation assistance, housing resources, access to equipment and more. These services are designed to remove women’s barriers to completing the course and help encourage their long-term success.
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This article was published on: Jul 29, 2021