Workforce Development, Inc (WDI) is working with the Operating Engineers (49ers) Union to offer a four week training. The first two weeks will be taught by WDI staff at the CareerForce Center (formerly the WorkForce Center) in Rochester. The second two weeks will be taught by trainers from the Operating Engineers Union, again at WDI in Rochester.
Participant requirements are below for the Operating Engineers class which will run from Tuesday, January 22 to Friday, February 15. Class is Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
If you are interested in further exploring if this is a good fit, please call Susan Boehm, M.S. | Regional Career Pathways Coordinator at 507.512.0494.
This year's holiday party was a joyful and creative time together at Board & Brush here in Rochester, MN. Everyone chose from a selection of projects and then customized to their style. Everyone attending had a great time and we also voted on our chapter's annual donation to be given this year to PossAbilities.
PossAbilities' mission is to: "create opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to contribute to and connect with the community."
We are so lucky to have such a talented and enthusiastic group of women in our NAWIC chapter, lucky to have such awesome golfers and sponsors supporting our events, and lucky to have had another great day of golf and fun for our 24th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing!
This year set records for golf: 134 golfers, 33 hole sponsors, 92 door prizes and 13 premium raffle prizes. We raised about $5,500 alone for our scholarship fund!
As we look back on our 25th year as a chapter, we continue to see many of you not only at the golf
event, but also participating in our annual Block Kids and STEAM events. You also share your
construction projects by giving us tours, and your companies contribute to our membership dues and
donations throughout the year.
We truly appreciate everything you do to support our mission to not only enhance the success of women in the construction industry, but to also encourage K-12 students to consider construction-related careers and to foster networking and educational opportunities for our members. We look forward to seeing you again next year for another great day of relaxed golf, prizes and food!
Jeremiah program Executive Director, JoMarie Morris, introduced the program and explained that Rochester will be the next target location with ground breaking expected to be in 2019. The program takes single women with children out of poverty and provides education & housing to stop the generational perpetuation of living on the system. Q&A followed the presentation. JoMarie would like to use us as a focus group as to how they can introduce and support women working in the trades.
Land was generously donated to the Jeremiah Program from local philanthropists Jack and Mary Ann Remick. Plans are to break ground for its Rochester-Southeast Minnesota campus in 2019.
Thank you Custom Alarm for providing the location for our meeting this month.
During this year's WIC Week, three of our members were part of a panelist discussion sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Francis.
Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women in Non-Traditional Roles
Panelist members from NAWIC Chapter 346 included Mary Becker, project coordinator for HiMEC Mechanical; Mary Benike Kisilewski, Vice President/Project Manager for Alvin E Benike; and Jodi Wiemerslage, Project Manager/Estimator for Hunt Electric.
Additional panelist members included - Macey Tesmer, Operations Captain for Adult Detention Center and Nikki Heather, Electrician Apprentice for Nietz Electric.
The synopsis of the discussion was to learn about these women and their non-traditional career choices being in the construction industry.
Additionally for WIC Week we joined with three local Girl Scouts troops with a Project and discussion to earn their Product Design Badge. The girls discussed various products and brainstormed how the designs of these products could be improved. Afterward, each girl assembled and painted a birdhouse kit to keep. At the end of the program, NAWIC provided certificates and Product Design badges to each attendee.
It was amazing to see the girls construct the birdhouses themselves. There were definitely some future carpenters in the group! I hope this is an event we could consider doing next year! Thank you to all our volunteers!
The Block Kids event was a great success once again this year! The Kenyon-Wanamingo School District was phenomenal to work with as well and did a great job promoting the event. In the end we had 33 student participants this year. J When planning the event we were a little bit nervous about getting judges to travel that far. However, after a postponed event and the long drive we still had great participation from judges. We even had some new faces! The kids were very enthusiastic and created very unique structures. My mind is blown every year at what these kids can come up with.
We started out the evening by having all of the kids gather in the Media Center for the building portion of the event. Each child was given 100 legos, a piece of poster board, a sheet of tin foil, and some string. After 40 very quick minutes, Geri Maki called the building time to a halt. That’s when our judges went to work. Each judge interviewed 2 to 3 kids. After the interviewing portion was completed, Kelly Johnson split all of the kids into groups and lead them out into the Activity Area where Accord Electric, Alvin E. Benike, NAWIC, Local 6 Plumbers & Pipefitters, and Viking Automatic Sprinkler had Activity Stations set up. While the kids were spending time at each of the Activity Stations, the judges went around and judged the projects, selecting the final 4. Once the kids completed all stations, they were called back into the Media Center where the awards were handed out. This year’s winner was Nicolas Cusey, a 6th grader at Kenyon-Wanamingo Middle School. He built a house. When asked why he built a house, he said it was because that’s what his dad builds cause he’s a carpenter. Nicolas was very thorough in his description of his house. The paper represented the roof as well as the foundation of the home. The tin foil represented the insulation in the ceilings and in the walls. The string represented the electrical wire. And finally the legos represented both the walls, columns, as well as the plumbing in the home.
Again this was a very successful year and I can’t wait until the event comes around next year. It’s always intriguing to see what each of the students comes up with.