More women are working in construction than ever before, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. As the labor shortage in the construction industry continues to hinder businesses, encouraging more women to join the industry has become even more important.
Women in Construction (WINC) organized for several women business leaders in the Twin Cities construction industry to connect with local students about a career in construction. Danielle Yegge, owner of Style & Structure; Sunny Bowman, president and owner of Dakota County Lumber Co.; Kristin Reinitz, director of business sales and development with Admit One Homes Systems; Cheryl Asmus, territory manager at Formica Corp; and Angie Doll, director of marketing with GreenHalo Builds, shared their background in the industry and the career paths available in the industry with students at Stillwater High School in October.
“It was really fun seeing how shocked the kids were about all the job possibilities there are in the building industry,” said Yegge. “Most people immediately think about a job out in the field when they think of working for a builder, which is great for some, but there are so many other positions and people that help get a build to the finish line.”
Over 100 students attended the presentations at Stillwater High School. The group of leaders hopes to visit more classrooms in the coming year to continue to share with students the many job opportunities in construction.