Monday, July 18, 2011

Annual Girls Construction Camp Builds Prototype Storage Buildings

Magic campers
Magic campers Anne, left, Marissa and Noema work on a project.
Creating two prototype portable storage buildings that will be used by landscaping and grounds crews were the big projects for journeywomen (second-year) participants as the Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) camp held its annual summer program at the Stanley E. Foster Construction Tech Academy at the Kearny Educational Complex.

The annual program, held last month, is sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction and helps girls learn the trades. In addition to constructing the new storage buildings, apprentices (first-year students) were shown a new trade during each day of the camp; this included sheet metal, tile setting and electrical.

One of the camp's sponsors, Hawthorne Heavy Machinery, brought equipment to the program and on the camp's last day, apprentices were able to operate heavy machinery.

For more information, contact Laura Bellofatto, Kearny CTA Principal, at