Building Strong Communities brings women to active construction site to share the opportunities out there

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Building Strong Communities invited people interested in a career in the trades to view the Twin Ports Interchange site on Wednesday.

The organization creates pathways for women to enter the trades, by preparing them for apprenticeships.

Rick Martagon, executive director, said, “Today is a great example of a horizontal construction site. They were able to see so many of the trades, and see what a day would look like for them.”

One of the women on site was Amanda Olsen. She is interested in the Operating Engineers Local 49.

“I’m kind of soaking it all in,” she said. “Most women out there should be interested in this, because it’s for everybody.”

And it happens to be Women in Construction Week, so it’s good timing.

According to the National Association of Women in Construction, NAWIC, women accounted for nearly 11% of the total construction workforce last year.

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