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Women in Construction celebrates 30 years

The Greater Rochester Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will celebrate its 30th year in Rochester with a dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Rochester Yacht Club.

NAWIC has been helping women since 1953 take advantage of the opportunities in construction, and in the Rochester area, since 1985. The chapter is celebrating 30 years of membership accomplishments in the construction industry and the Greater Rochester area since inception.

On a larger community scale, members are building a stronger construction industry by promoting NAWIC Education Foundation’s K-12 programs to the future work force with programs at elementary and secondary schools such as Block Kids contests and Rochester Careers in Construction, to promote careers in construction. They work within the communities to attend career fairs and tradeshows to raise awareness about the opportunities for women in the construction industry.

For two decades, the Greater Rochester Chapter No. 314 has sponsored educational scholarships for young women pursuing construction trades, as well as careers in engineering and architectural fields. The chapter also reaches out to community members to attend monthly educational events. Members have also shared career and mentoring opportunities available in the construction industry.

In addition, NAWIC members give back to our community. Each December since 1992, the Greater Rochester Chapter hosts a holiday party for the Bethany House in Rochester. Bethany House program participants are low-income women and families that are survivors of domestic violence.

The chapter meets on the first Wednesday of each month which is an opportunity for members and guests to network and enjoy a professional education speaker with a construction industry topic.

For more information, visit the chapter’s website at: nawicrochester.org.