Western Carolina University students Logan Link, left, and project partner Brittany Haskett classify soil for engineering purposes using the sieve analysis system at the school's construction management department. Photo courtesy of WCU.

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Western Carolina University students Logan Link, left, and project partner Brittany Haskett classify soil for engineering purposes using the sieve analysis system at the school’s construction management department. Photo courtesy of WCU.

CULLOWHEE—Western Carolina University will accept applications through Friday, May 13, from girls in high school interested in exploring careers in construction at The Kimmel School Construction Training Program to be held July 17-23 at WCU.

There is no charge to students to participate in the grant-funded program designed to generate interest among Western North Carolina high school students in managing a workforce of any kind, in leading or becoming part of construction crews, or in related career and technology education programs.

Participants will complete and earn certification in a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety course typically completed only after becoming employed in the industry. In addition, students will live on campus, meet with industry professionals and participate in leadership and team-building experiences.

Mentors during the program for female students will include Asheville representatives from the National Association of Women in Construction and Mittie Cannon with Kellogg Brown and Root International.

“As part of this program, we especially want to reach out to students who may not be planning to continue their education after high school so that they can receive additional career development training before they enter the workforce and, through their experience in this program, learn to value and support career and technology education,” said Bob Ford, the program facilitator and visiting assistant professor of construction management.

The project received support from the Golden LEAF Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy, awarded $37,000 to WCU’s Kimmel School for the summer construction programs.

For more information about the program or to download an application, visit http://constructiontraining.wcu.edu online or call Bobby Hensley, associate director of continuing education, at (828) 227-3066 or hensley@wcu.edu.

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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