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NAWIC at the Chapter Level
• Industry speakers
• Legislative / legal updates
• Career / job leads
• Mentoring opportunities
• Education of youth and support through scholarships
• Connection with other women in the industry
• Technical / product information
• Community outreach projects
• Liaison with other industry and professional associations
• Employee recruitment
• Marketing / advertising opportunities for your company
• Access to a national and local resource network
NAWIC Beyond the Chapter Level
NAWIC provides opportunities for members to attend a variety of meetings throughout the year. There are two regional meetings, Fall Conference, and Spring Forum. Each are hosted by the Northeast Region which has chapters in Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island. The NAWIC Annual Convention is held in September in a large city somewhere in the 50 U.S. states.
Other Events and Programs
NAWIC members nationwide participate in Habitat for Humanity and similar programs. Many chapters sponsor Blueprint Reading seminars and other training programs. The pride of NAWIC is the NAWIC Education Foundation, which provides construction education programs for students K–12. The Block Kids Program is designed for grades 1–6 and involves the construction of various structures with interlocking blocks. Building Design, the scale-model building program is for students at the junior-high/middle-school level. This team building project will be offered during the school year and will involve constructing a structure from architectural drawings. The CAD/Design Drafting Scholarship Competition is a contest designed for senior high students. The contest provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving, and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings. Adult programs consist of Certified Construction Associate (CCA), Introduction to Construction, Construction Document Specialist, Construction Industries Technician and Legal Protection for Construction Subcontractors and Suppliers. For more information about these programs, go to www.nawiceducation.org.
Any woman who is employed in the construction industry is eligible for membership in NAWIC. Owners, managers and support staff of construction companies, subcontractors, engineering and architectural firms, tradeswomen, construction equipment dealers, construction bonding and insurance companies and agencies, construction material suppliers, construction trade association personnel or any other construction related entity all qualify. For women, NAWIC is probably one of the best kept secrets in the construction industry.