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Annual Construction Trades Convention: Women at Work

Media Release
For Immediate Release Please: September 29th, 2021
Contact: Michaela Harris, Rockford Housing Authority
                815-489-8674 – Phone mharris@rockfordha.org
                Paul Nolley, Project First Rate
                815-904-6833- Phone paul@projectfirstrate.com  

ROCKFORD HOUSING AUTHORITY AND PROJECT FIRST RATE ANNOUNCE: THE ANNUAL CONSTRUCTION TRADES CONVENTION: WOMEN AT WORK
September 30th, 3 pm to 5 pm
 

Rockford Housing Authority and Project First Rate are excited to announce that we will be hosting the first Annual Trades Convention on September 30th from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This event is being held virtually and is free for all community members and RHA residents.

The Trades Convention is an opportunity for individuals in the community to learn from leaders in the industry. The participants’ will also garner insight into the specific trades that include construction, painting, and electricians. Equally important, the conferee will hear the various training and apprenticeship programs available currently. “The first Annual Trades Convention is truly an exciting opportunity for women and men in our community to participate. The Trades Convention is a place to explore jobs that many women, and men as well, don’t think about simply because they don’t know about them,” states Michaela Harris, RHA, Section 3 Compliance Manager. Concluding, “Working with Project First Rate, RHA, wanted to bring awareness by doing this convention, by saying hey, you might have the chance to do something like this… This might be something you really can do.”

“The trades industry may be a male-dominated career, but many women today enjoy, are good at, and excel at these trade jobs, states Laura Snyder, CEO of RHA. “This annual convention will become a resource for women interested in the trades. Being able to learn and share valuable information with individuals in the Rockford community will open a world of opportunities for some,” states Paul Nolley, Executive Director, Project First Rate.

The participating trades are RHA steadfast community partners, who are helping to rebuild lives and strengthen the whole community by creating opportunities and pathways for people today and the next generation.

A focus of The Convention will be topics and discussion points which include:

  • How attendees can become financially independent through rewarding careers in the union construction industry.
  • How to join registered apprenticeship programs.
  • Conferees will hear stories and first-hand experiences from women in the trades and entrepreneurs from the construction industry.
  • Attendees will learn about the local trade programs and resources available to help them prepare to apply for apprenticeships.

Annual Construction Trades Convention: Women at Work

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The Annual Construction Trades Convention: Women at Work

This year was the first year of the Annual Construction Trades Convention: Women at Work. Rockford Housing Authority and Project First Rate are pleased with the number of attendees and local businesses participating in such a fantastic resource. Here is a highlight of some of the topics that were covered in the convention:

  • Discussed how the attendees can become financially independent through rewarding careers in the union construction industry, including how to join registered apprenticeship programs.
  • The participants heard stories and experiences from women in the trades as well as entrepreneurs from the construction industry
  • In addition, the convention attendees learned about the local programs and resources available to help them prepare to apply for apprenticeship programs.
  • Attendees gained insight about the national movement of tradeswomen gaining ground in the industry

The Construction Trade Convention: Women at Work was an opportunity to learn from women in the trades such as construction, painting, and electricians. This was an opportunity to explore the Apprentice Trainee Positions available. The trades industry is a male-dominated career, but many women still work and love these jobs. Rockford Housing Authority and Project First Rate are excited for our convention next year.

Speakers

Apprenticeship Readiness Programs:

Dawson Ingram, Rock Valley College HCCTP 

William Chatman & James Alfredson, CCS/YouthBuild Rockford

Trades:

Dixie Perko, IBEW #364

Sandra Sigala, Painters District Council No. 30, Local Union 607

Contractors:

Linda Campos, Campos Construction, Inc.

Danielle Schlichting, N-Trak Group

Apprenticeship Programs:

John Penney, Painters District Council No. 30, Local Union 607

Jaime Sanchez, Carpenters Local 792

Breakout Sessions

  • Trades Women
  • Trades Business Owners
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Apprenticeship Readiness Programs