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Breaking Barriers: OCVTS and Partners Empower Female Construction Trades Students through Inspiring Networking Event with Professional Women Industry Leaders

Breaking Barriers: OCVTS and Partners Empower Female Construction Trades Students through Inspiring Networking Event with Professional Women Industry Leaders

Nicholas Spiech and Jenna Rosenfeld, OCVTS

NOV, 13 2023

Breaking Barriers: OCVTS and Partners Empower Female Construction Trades Students through Inspiring Networking Event with Professional Women Industry Leaders

BRICK, NJ: In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at empowering young women in the construction industry, the Ocean County Vocational Technical School district (OCVTS) joined forces with IBEW Local 400, Professional Women in Construction, and Monmouth County Vocational School District to host an exceptional networking event. On Thursday, October 26, 2023, more than 40 female students from two counties enrolled in construction-related programs gathered to connect with esteemed female industry leaders, breaking down traditional barriers and fostering a sense of empowerment and camaraderie.

The event kicked off with powerful narratives shared by prominent female industry professionals. Karla McCoy, a retired 45-year member of Local 9 Plumbers and Pipefitters, graced the occasion, traveling all the way from Florida to attend. Her inspiring story as a trailblazer resonated deeply with the attendees. Other notable speakers included Anna Krizin, Engineering Manager at Torcon, Angelica Laudati, an OCVTS alumna and recipient of the Professional Women in Construction Scholarship, and Karen McFadden, Local 11 Organizer. Their experiences served as a testament to the endless possibilities within the construction industry.

The networking segment of the event provided a unique opportunity for students to engage with professionals from various fields within the construction industry. Tables were set up for project managers, apprentices, business agents, engineers, architects, business owners, utility companies, and professional organizations. Industry experts generously shared their insights on career choices, personal achievements, and continuous growth in their roles. The students were equipped with valuable contact information for these professionals, enabling them to nurture mentorship relationships and explore diverse career paths.

This event was more than just a networking opportunity; it was a powerful statement of inclusivity, support, and encouragement. By bringing together female students and industry leaders, OCVTS and its partners have taken a significant step towards breaking down barriers, inspiring future generations, and creating a more diverse and empowered workforce within the construction industry.

OCVTS Career and Technical Educational Programs represented:
Welding, Electrical Trades, New Home Construction, Diesel Engine Technology, Building Construction Technology, Custom Woodworking & Design, Heavy Equipment, Operator, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Plumbing, Pipefitters, Steamfitters & Fire Suppression Systems.

Organizations in Attendance:
Ocean County Vocational Technical School District(OCVTS), Monmouth County Vocational Technical School District, Professional Women in Construction, Shore Builders Association of Central NJ, Simple Safety Solutions LLC, SERVPRO, Netwave Interactive Marketing, Monmouth/Ocean Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, DCO Energy, Jingoli Construction, Gilbane, DI Group Architecture, American Properties, Torcon, All County Exteriors, Rizco, HC Constructors, Toll Brothers, NJ Natural Gas, ACCNJ, Whirlpool, Berkowsky, Puresoil, Local 469 Teamsters, Local 9 Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 27 Sheet Metal Workers, Local 825 Operating Engineers, Local 475 Steamfitters, Local 400 IBEW Electrical Workers, Local 32 Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local 11 Ironworkers, Local 472 Heavy Highway Laborers, Local 77 Building and General Construction, Local 254 & 255 Carpenters

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NOV, 13 2023

Breaking Barriers: OCVTS and Partners Empower Female Construction Trades Students through Inspiring Networking Event with Professional Women Industry Leaders

BRICK, NJ: In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at empowering young women in the construction industry, the Ocean County Vocational Technical School district (OCVTS) joined forces with IBEW Local 400, Professional Women in Construction, and Monmouth County Vocational School District to host an exceptional networking event. On Thursday, October 26, 2023, more than 40 female students from two counties enrolled in construction-related programs gathered to connect with esteemed female industry leaders, breaking down traditional barriers and fostering a sense of empowerment and camaraderie.

The event kicked off with powerful narratives shared by prominent female industry professionals. Karla McCoy, a retired 45-year member of Local 9 Plumbers and Pipefitters, graced the occasion, traveling all the way from Florida to attend. Her inspiring story as a trailblazer resonated deeply with the attendees. Other notable speakers included Anna Krizin, Engineering Manager at Torcon, Angelica Laudati, an OCVTS alumna and recipient of the Professional Women in Construction Scholarship, and Karen McFadden, Local 11 Organizer. Their experiences served as a testament to the endless possibilities within the construction industry.

The networking segment of the event provided a unique opportunity for students to engage with professionals from various fields within the construction industry. Tables were set up for project managers, apprentices, business agents, engineers, architects, business owners, utility companies, and professional organizations. Industry experts generously shared their insights on career choices, personal achievements, and continuous growth in their roles. The students were equipped with valuable contact information for these professionals, enabling them to nurture mentorship relationships and explore diverse career paths.

This event was more than just a networking opportunity; it was a powerful statement of inclusivity, support, and encouragement. By bringing together female students and industry leaders, OCVTS and its partners have taken a significant step towards breaking down barriers, inspiring future generations, and creating a more diverse and empowered workforce within the construction industry.

OCVTS Career and Technical Educational Programs represented:
Welding, Electrical Trades, New Home Construction, Diesel Engine Technology, Building Construction Technology, Custom Woodworking & Design, Heavy Equipment, Operator, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Plumbing, Pipefitters, Steamfitters & Fire Suppression Systems.

Organizations in Attendance:
Ocean County Vocational Technical School District(OCVTS), Monmouth County Vocational Technical School District, Professional Women in Construction, Shore Builders Association of Central NJ, Simple Safety Solutions LLC, SERVPRO, Netwave Interactive Marketing, Monmouth/Ocean Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, DCO Energy, Jingoli Construction, Gilbane, DI Group Architecture, American Properties, Torcon, All County Exteriors, Rizco, HC Constructors, Toll Brothers, NJ Natural Gas, ACCNJ, Whirlpool, Berkowsky, Puresoil, Local 469 Teamsters, Local 9 Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 27 Sheet Metal Workers, Local 825 Operating Engineers, Local 475 Steamfitters, Local 400 IBEW Electrical Workers, Local 32 Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local 11 Ironworkers, Local 472 Heavy Highway Laborers, Local 77 Building and General Construction, Local 254 & 255 Carpenters

Breaking Barriers: OCVTS and Partners Empower Female Construction Trades Students through Inspiring Networking Event with Professional Women Industry Leaders

Nicholas Spiech and Jenna Rosenfeld, OCVTS

NOV, 13 2023