It’s not your typical summer camp. This one’s girls only and, oh yeah, it involves welding, carpentry and electrical work. The girls are in the midst of a three-day event called MAGIC Summer Camp, with MAGIC standing for “Mentoring a Girl in Construction.”
This year’s inaugural camp is hosted by the Puget Sound Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction at the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC training facility in Everett. Journey level tradeswomen are teaming up with JATC instructors to hone the girls’ skills. When the free program ends on Friday, the girls will be taking home a copper rose, toolbox, solar car and other projects they made.
“This program is unique because it brings together an unusual blend of sponsors,” said camp director Nicole Martin of MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions in a statement. “Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC, as our generous host and gold sponsor, joined NAWIC, and silver sponsors Master Builders Career Connection and Brightwater, along with many local construction businesses, universities and industry associations with one goal … to introduce high school girls to the opportunities available to them in the construction industry.”
You go girls!