MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) – Miron Construction continues to expose young women to careers in the construction industry. The Neenah-based company hosts its annual “Build Like a Girl” event.
From crane operators to carpenters to masonry work — girls in grades 7 through 10 across northeast Wisconsin are learning to “build like a girl.”
“I started with masonry. That’s cool, that’s a job I would think of. It’s really unique,” says Amari Volp, a 7th grader.
Marlie Bowleg, a tenth grader, adds, “I really like the art aspect, like building planning and design, so I thought that was cool.”
The one-day event, hosted by Miron Construction, gives girls a chance to get their hands dirty, build something, and even operate heavy machinery. All of this with the goal of getting them interested and perhaps excited about potential careers in the construction industry.
According to Dave Walsh, executive vice president of human resources at Miron, “We try to fill our ranks. It’s a busy time in construction and we want to make sure we have a pool of people ready to get the job done. The other side is, frankly, Wisconsin women are strong, warm, have a great work ethic, love being outdoors, so it’s an untapped resource.
With so few women in this skilled workforce, Miron believes that even if this event inspires a girl in this field, they have succeeded.
“My favorite story is our third or fourth version of this, we had a girl come in, and then I went to do a presentation at Preble High School this fall and she found me at Preble in the votech class and said, I’m in this class because you gave me confidence in ‘Build Like a Girl.’ If we can do that for two or three of these people every year, we’re doing a great job,” adds Walsh.
It is work that makes a difference and inspires the latest participants of “Build Like a Girl”. Amari Volp says, “It’s a really cool experience here because you don’t see a lot of women on the job and it’s really cool to meet the one that’s out there and one day maybe it will be you.
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