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Women Across the U.S. Help Build Careers in Construction


Plans are underway for the National Association of Women in Construction's (NAWIC) 51st Annual Meeting and Convention, September 6-9, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Mo.

The convention will consist of networking, educational events and awards. Registration is available to both members and nonmembers. Last year, more than 700 women from the United States and five different countries were represented. Nonmembers interested in attending the convention may contact Shelly Reeves at

The Kansas City, Mo. Chapter will share its latest "Career Days" project with attendees. The "If I Had a Hammer" program was created by Perry Wilson, a carpenter turned educator. By using real-world applications, third through ninth grade students learn about the language of math. The highlight of the program is the building of the "Hammer House," an 8'x11' house that students build in about two hours using real power tools, hammers and safety goggles.

Other events include the "Red Hot & Blues" welcome party, the annual meeting with keynote speaker Stedman Graham, and the 12th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Gala.

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, NAWIC is an international association serving approximately 5,500 members in nearly 200 chapters in the United States. For more information, visit

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