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The San Diego National Association of Women in Construction hosted its annual MAGIC Construction Summer Day Camp at Construction Tech Academy on the campus of Kearny High School from June 17 to 21. MAGIC stands for “Mentoring a Girl in Construction.”

ABC San Diego conducted an all-day plumbing project for 17 girls interested in construction careers. The young women were given hands-on experience in basic plumbing, completed a pipe picture frame and used recycled pipe to construct a planter.

MAGIC Camp students learn construction skills from volunteer instructor Greg Eyer.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise about 9 percent of the construction work force today. To remain competitive, the industry must continually recruit and train women. Programs like the annual “MAGIC Camp” are designed to expose young women to their potential for a career in construction at an early age and encourage them to study the literacy and math skills needed to pursue construction training.

NAWIC originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. The group was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.

Thanks to El Cajon Plumbing & Heating Supply, Pacific Rim Mechanical, Spear Manufacturing and Viega Plumbing & Heating for donating the materials for plumbing day. MAGIC Camp volunteers included ABC instructors Bill Parker, Mike McRae, and Jesus “Chuy” Ortiz. Additional volunteers included Andy Pina with Pacific Rim Mechanical, Jamie Heinz with Spear Manufacturing, and Brett Vickers with Ridgid Tools. Thanks to all of the volunteers who made this day successful.

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