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Workshop Breaks Down Stereotypes, Exposes Girls to Construction Trade Careers

By YWCA Minneapolis
January 26, 2017
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YWCA Minneapolis and Construction Careers Foundation (CCF) are partnering to present Power Girls!, an intensive workshop to educate and introduce middle school girls to the construction trades and learn about this non-traditional career path. Each girl will get to work side by side with local Twin Cities’ tradeswomen to learn about carpentry, pipefitting, commercial painting, electricity, how to tile and grout, and handle power tools as they construct a project to take home. Approximately 40 professional tradeswomen – apprentice, journey level and retired – will be working with the girls, sharing about their trade and the personal story their career.


Saturday, January 28, 2017


Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Boulevard – west side entrance
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1192
Dunwoody Main Building


10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Power Girls! is a partnership between YWCA Minneapolis and Construction Careers Foundation (CCF).

The event is hosted by Dunwoody College of Technology.

YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization working for the empowerment of women and girls and the elimination of racism. Power Girls! is organized by Girls Incorporated® at YWCA Minneapolis, offering girl-specific programming to over 400 girls annually, ages 8-18 and working to empower girls and eliminate racism by inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM

Construction Careers Foundation was created in 2004 to align with and/or create educational opportunities for individuals to become aware of and enter into a career path within the union construction trades industry. CCF’s mission is to continually pursue avenues for changes in outreach, preparation and retention efforts to bring the next generation into this industry. Such intentional efforts build on assets and best practices as well as alignment with new and/or existing efforts with organizations that have similar goals, objectives and level of commitment.

Participating Union Crafts:

  • Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers #1
  • Minneapolis Electricians #292
  • Minneapolis Pipefitters #539
  • North Central Council of Carpenters
  • Painters & Allied Trades #82

Media Contact:

Emily O’Gara
YWCA Minneapolis