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MDOT Celebrates Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 7, 2019 1:05:14 PM

Construction has long been considered a men-only industry, but that stereotype is being eroded by a small but growing group of women. These are smart, dedicated and passionate women who have found construction to be the perfect career for them. They are making inroads for other women to follow, and they’re doing it because they are female, not in spite of it. If you have ever wondered what a career in construction would be like, take it from two women with the Michigan Department of Transportation — it’s a great life!

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Topics: Women in Construction

The Women of Team Elmer’s: Taking the High Road

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 4, 2019 7:50:00 AM

In northern Michigan, Team Elmer’s is practically a household name as one of the largest, oldest and most respected construction firms in the area. Providing excavation, concrete, Esphalt™, aggregate, heavy hauling, and crane and rigging services, Team Elmer’s makes a point of hiring great people who love their jobs.

That includes some pretty exceptional women who are driving hard (literally) to prove women have what it takes to make a career behind the wheel of a multi-ton construction vehicle.

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Topics: Women in Construction

The State of Women in Construction

Posted by Lior Zitzman on Sep 20, 2018 1:43:34 PM

Construction has been long known as a male-dominated profession, but women are slowly marking their mark on the industry. Michigan Construction received this great infographic from BigRentz highlighting the state of Women in Construction and how women are breaking the mold of people who build.

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Topics: Women in Construction

The Future of Women in Construction 

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 9, 2018 9:11:00 AM

Calling all women who dream big, who envision themselves being part of something really important, and who know the meaning of hard work … the construction industry wants YOU!

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Topics: Women in Construction

Walbridge celebrates Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 8, 2018 3:23:00 PM

It's Women in Construction Week, time to honor pioneering women and their  companies. One of those is our partner in the construction workforce movement, Walbridge, building Michigan and the world since 1916. To celebrate this week, Walbridge has featured the stories of how four different women found their way to a great career in construction. 

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Topics: Women in Construction

Opportunities for Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Just over a half century ago, American women saw their husbands, sons and fathers off to World War II and then stepped into their overalls and went to work, taking up the slack for their men in factories, automotive plants and shipyards. And thanks in large part to their willingness and talent, we won that war. But when the men came home, the women almost instantly became irrelevant on their jobs, and were expected to return to their homes, get married and raise families. And they did just that.

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Topics: Women in Construction

Profiles of Michigan Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 7, 2018 10:14:00 AM

Deciding on a career path can take a lot of work and research to make sure what you train for is something you will love doing for years to come. Wrapped up in that package are other “must-haves,” things like a sense of accomplishment, pride in our work, and opportunities to inspire and help others achieve their dreams too.

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Topics: Michigan Construction Movement, Women in Construction

Women in Construction: Electrical Apprentice in the UP

Posted by Scott Allen, Department of Labor on Mar 6, 2018 9:17:00 AM

Erin Lakenen works full time at B&B Electric Inc. in Iron Mountain, Michigan. At just 22, the third-year apprentice electrician already owns her own home, and is an example of the benefits available to young women who pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades.

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Topics: Apprenticeships, Women in Construction

Women in Construction: Rebuilding Flint

Posted by Rhonda Burke, Department of Labor on Mar 5, 2018 9:07:00 AM

 

Emily Williams likes a challenge. The petite 23-year-old Flint, Michigan, resident, originally studied criminal justice at Wayne County Community College. She also worked as a laborer in the concrete-casting industry, but struggled financially and had to stop taking classes.

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Topics: Apprenticeships, Women in Construction

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