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WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION EXPANSION Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:38:45 +0000 WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION EXPANSION WXXVDT2 is a field - typically dominated by men, but- now more- women are rolling up their- sleeves.- women in construction equips- women to do just that ... and - with recent investments by the- local community - and - the department of labor - their- program, training and services- are - continuing to build.- we take you on site to show you- their latest initiative at the- moore community house in biloxi- - <nats of saw> - ethel williams made the cut...- <nats>- this single south mississippi - mother of three is one of about- 400 graduates who has completed- the women in- construction program since the- first class was held back in- 2008...arming women with the- knowledge and skills they need- for apprenticeships and careers- in non-traditional- occupations - all packed in an- 8- week training course.- ethel williams - women in - construction graduate and - instructor- " this program not only gives you the know how to do- construction, it gives- you the empowerment to help - other women. it gives you a - sense of community and it - gives you just all the- confidence that you need that - you can take into any field - really." and the community rallied at a- special sort of - "ribbon cutting" ceremony frid ... marking the launch of the - program's "strengthening workin families" initiative... funded by community partners an- a 3-and-a-half- million dollar grant the- department of labor is carving- out over the next four years to- help expand the program.- julie kukinski - women in - construction program director - " with tpoupports we're able to increase our capacity to - serve about triple the- amount of women and also to - provide childcare services for- women who go- through our program and after." these child care services were - perfect fit for ethel williams,- who grew to love the field and- the program.... - she now works as an instructor- with women in construction, - laying the blueprint for other- women with similar- needs.... - williams credits the program fo- helping her lay a solid - foundation- in life.- ethel williams - women in - construction graduate and - instructor- " in life you don't have those stopping points... i don't have- those stopping points - anymore, i just learned that if- i have a strong foundation that- i can build up and- when i tackle situations now, - it's no longer, i'm at a- stopping point, it's like - what do i do next." and as to whether she believes- women ca measure up to- the men who typically dominate- this field... - a response even rosie the - riveter would support.- ethel williams - women in - construction graduate and - instructor- " being a woman is our strength that's all we need because we - are so diverse and- we're asked to do so many thing- and take on so many positions s- with that sense, it's - ok to say that being a woman is- your stregnth." - ryan will have a

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