Women excel in the building and construction trades, yet they make up less than 9% of the construction workforce in Reno-Sparks. We're campaigning to raise that number to 20% by 2020.
Eight Northern Nevada tradeswomen—from apprentices to journeymen to the almost-retired—talk about the realities of being a woman working in the high-tech building & construction trades.
"What inspired me to get into the trades was my mom—she's the strongest woman I know. And my daughter actually wants to be in the trades now too, because she sees how much money I make
and that I'm independent." —Journeyman Jessica Collins, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 16, Reno/Sparks
2019 BUILDING WOMEN EXPO
Every year during National Apprenticeship Week, the Northern Nevada Apprenticeship Coordinator's Association hosts the Annual Building Women Expo in partnership with local trade unions and Truckee Meadows Community College. Through talks and interactive demonstrations, this event introduces girls and women of all ages to the fantastic options available to them in the building & construction trades.
2018 was our best year yet, and we're planning to top it again in 2019. Stay tuned for dates and details, or join our mailing list to receive updates about this and other events and programs.
2018 Building Women Expo, Pennington Applied Technology Center