NAWIC Announces Preparations for 10th Annual WIC Week

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Women in Construction Week exists to help women in the industry continue to build the future. NAWIC's core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the industry.

To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 4-10, 2007. NAWIC exists to enhance the success of women in the construction industry, and every year, it dedicates a week in March to do just that. For 10 years, the focus of this week has been to highlight women as a visible aspect of the construction industry and for members to reach out to the communities and give back.

NAWIC promotes WIC Week nationally to raise awareness of the possibilities the construction industry holds for potential employees.

"This week is important because it helps to build careers, build lives and build the future for women in construction," says Dede Hughes, NAWIC's EVP.

"A labor shortage continues to plague the construction industry, and each year, the gap gets wider. So we want everyone to realize how important the industry is to the future of our country," says Kara Roberson, NAWIC's communications director.

WIC Week was created to increase the visibility of women who work in the construction industry through programs like Construction Career Days for high-school students and Block-Kids for elementary and middle-school students. Chapters will celebrate the week with a variety of activities, from award banquets and membership drives to community service and hands-on workshops -- all designed to promote construction and the value of women's contributions to the industry.

In the past, NAWIC chapters have worked with Girl Scouts and school children to teach them about jobs in construction, by helping them build projects of their own. Chapters have also taken part in career fairs and Habitat for Humanity Women Build projects. Each year, the list of activities grows. In 2006, many chapters were involved in the rebuild process in New Orleans and surrounding cities affected by the devastating hurricanes of 2005.

NAWIC has close to 200 chapters across the United States. Last year, more than half of those chapters participated in WIC Week.

Anyone interested in participating in events with local chapters is welcome to contact the NAWIC Office at (800) 552-3506 for more information.

About the National Association of Women in Construction:

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, NAWIC is an international Association serving approximately 5,500 members in nearly 200 chapters in the United States. Questions can be directed to Marketing Director Cassandra Lopez at (817) 877-5551. NAWIC's Core Purpose is "To enhance the success of women in the construction industry." NAWIC Builds -- Build Your Future with NAWIC.

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