Thanks to all the NAWIC volunteers who helped make this years NH Construction Career Days a success! We had nearly 1,000 students attend our event on Thursday and Friday and 70 exhibitors! Students had an opportunity to try out carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical, heavy equipment operation, civil engineering, tree climbing, truck driving and much MUCH more! It was a ton of fun and we appreciate all the support from our volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors. If you missed out on the event this year, be sure to sign up as a volunteer next year because it's something you don't want to miss.
NH's governor Maggie Hassan even visited on Friday and had an opportunity to see first hand how beneficial this event is to all the high school students who attended.
For more info on the AWESOME event go to www.nhccd.weebly.com!
June 13th, 2014 marked the first graduation for the Building Pathways Program of New Hampshire, a union building trades pre-apprenticeship program for women. These Graduates followed a rigorous course schedule that promoted their time and pressure management, team working skills, and willingness to learn. The program taught students 17 different building trades such as blueprint reading, power tool safety, fall protection, rapid EPS and guardrail/edge protection, just to name a few. They also obtained their OSHA 10 certification. Along with the use of constant math and daily conditioning, these women learned the skills necessary in the trade with over 200 hours of training. Other categories of hands-on experience included scaffolding, basic wiring, bending conduit, and boom/scissor lift demos.
This program was modeled after the Boston Building Pathways Program which has been widely successful. Eleven (11) unions offered training and/or apprenticeship placement. This program is sponsored by Carpenters Local 118, the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Union and the NH AFL-CIO. Many are to thank for the tremendous support of this new program including our newest member Liz Skidmore!
Congratulation to the graduates!
Josephine Curtin, Rebecca Lavigne, Jessica LeClair, Jennifer Legay, Amanda Mitchell, Anastashia Parke, Michelle Shea, and Shaina St. John
Thanks to several of you for attending our July cookout meeting as guests! Hope to see you again soon and good luck with your apprenticeship placement!
Habitat for Humanity Manchester is currently accepting volunteer sign ups through July 26, 2014. On Saturday June 14 & 21 one of our members, Patty Stagno, will be participating in Women Build. To sign up, go to http://womenbuild.habitatmanchester.org
Last year Patty and I participated in the event and it was a ton of fun! Here is a photo below from the group that worked all day on three decks!
Happy National Public Works Week to all men and women who provide services day in and out to communities across the nation!
Public Works is typically most well known for snow plowing, snow removal and pothole repair with the very aggressive New England winters around here. But they do so much more! You can thank them for keeping your cities and towns clean, maintaining and fixing roads, signs, drainage, sewerage, bridges, sidewalks, and guardrails to name a few. Many provide trash and recycling services, clean drinking water, proper treatment of sewerage, and operation of active or closed landfills. They are there when roads are impassable due to snow, ice or rain. They help get each and every one of you home safely while spending countless hours away from their families to work overtime when you need them most! They are the unsung heroes of each and every community!
I am proud to work for the Goffstown Public Works Department in New Hampshire! I thank each and every one of our crew for their dedication and pride while providing the most efficient service they can with the resources available to them!
To read more about National Public Works Week please go to the American Public Works page!
Home Builders Institute (HBI) is coming to NH and needs instructors!
Click here to view the job opening and contact Elizabeth Fischer- 603-296-5272 if you are interested in the position.
The New Hampshire Home Builders Association (NHHBA) is pleased to announce that the Home Builders Institute (HBI), a national leader for career training in the building industry, was recently approved by New Hampshire to begin offering their Pre-apprentice Certificate Training (PACT) program in New Hampshire.
HBI PACT provides students with the skills and experience necessary for successful careers through pre-apprenticeship training and job placement services. The program includes mentoring, nationally known certification programs, industry validated textbooks and curricula.
In addition, the HBI program builds character and self-esteem by providing students with the interpersonal skills needed to succeed on the job and in life. This gives graduates a solid foundation for becoming valuable members of their communities and responsible citizens.
Students who graduate from an HBI-licensed PACT program enter the job market with an industry-recognized, portable, pre-apprenticeship credential that is accepted by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and qualifies them for Employment in the U.S. Building Industry.
“We are pleased to partner with HBI to bring this nationally recognized training to New Hampshire to help train the next generation of contractors who are vital to a robust New Hampshire economy”, stated Dick Benson, Brix & Stix Construction, President of New Hampshire Home Builders Association.
Our chapter held a Block Kids Lego Competition at the Christa Mccullough School in Concord NH on January 31st. We talked to all the students about construction related careers and the different construction equipment that is used on job sites.
All students who participated received a bag full of goodies and a hardhat. We gave out prizes to the top three lego designs and submitted the top design into the Regional Block Kids Competition.
Our winner was a fourth grade student, Connor, that built a bridge. He was enthusiastic about bridge building and considers it a potential career choice (along with professional football playing)! The string represents handrails, and there are stairs at each end for access. Significant attention was put into keeping a symmetrical and balanced design!
Our current president, Patricia Stagno, is participating in the 15th Annual Penguin Plunge and will be fundraising for Special Olympics New Hampshire. She would like to ask you to support the cause and make a donation to her fundraising page: Patricia Stagno's Page
All donations are secure and sent directly to Special Olympics New Hampshire by FirstGiving, who will email you a printable record of your donation. Please share her fundraising page with any of your friends and family that may be inspired to donate as well.
WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd, 2014
WHERE: Hampton Beach, NH
Our very own Elaine Hamel (bottom center photo), director/founder of Girls at Work Inc, and NAWIC Granite State Chapter member, was on MSNBC last Friday, November 1st with Thomas Roberts on the Go and Do segment! Please check out the MSNBC video to hear all about her amazing non-profit organization that empowers at-risk girls in New England by teaching them woodworking skills and how to safely use power tools!
Girls at Work also held their annual MusicFest fundraiser on Saturday November 2nd at the Millyard Museum in Manchester! We are looking forward to hearing about the successful night!
The Merrimack Friars started up a new bowling group on Wednesday afternoons and Friday nights. As you can see in the photos below, it's a fun time for all involved! They also had a blast at their Halloween Party at the VFW in Merrimack, NH on October 27th.
"The Merrimack Friars Club is a non-profit social service organization dedicated to serving the local community of youth and adults with special needs through organized sports, activity, nutrition and fitness. Patty Stagno, the current Granite State Chapter president, is also the director of this amazing group!
To learn more about the club and see additional photos, please go to their website at www.merrimackfriars.org.
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