Women making efforts in the construction industry

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Lisa Huff has been in the construction field for a decade. She's working as a traffic control supervisor and is in charge of keeping the employees on the road safe along with making sure cars are taking the proper detours, "We like it I mean it kind of gives up empowerment it's a good job to have," said Huff.

Reports indicate in 2013 about 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related jobs and only 2.6% were women.

The Western Slope is trying to change that by making efforts to educate ladies who are interested in the industry. We have a chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction in Grand Junction which offers knowledge and support for those who choose this as a career.

"We need support from other women it's nice just to have someone to vent or to say hey i'm having this problem how do you handle this," said Mitzi Kenyon from the National Association of Women in Construction.

Mitzi Kenyon said although they've made progress with proving women can do the job she said she still deals with comments from people doubting their abilities, but she has some advice for those who feel down on their luck, "Don't give up I've talked to different people sometimes it is tough but just don't give up," said Kenyon.

For more information on how to get involved with the National Association of Women in Construction visit the link to the right.

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