CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
UI offers training course for women to learn skills for jobs in construction
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Women who are interested in a career in construction
are invited to participate in a one-week training course offered by the
University of Iowa Pre-Vocational Training Program. The course will be
held June 15-19 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. There is no cost to attend
the program, and participants must be available to attend all five days
The course consists of 40 hours of training, information, and practice
in construction. Topics to be covered include safety hazards, construction
mathematics, tools and material recognition, maintenance and operation
of power tools, and load rigging. No previous experience is necessary,
but participants must be prepared for hands-on work. Participants will
receive a certificate of completion.
This program is offered because there are numerous jobs available that
offer excellent wages for women if they have the necessary skills. In Johnson
County, a woman with two young children must earn $15-$18 per hour to be
economically self-sufficient. Most jobs in which women are traditionally
employed pay between $5-$8 per hour. Jobs in technical and skilled trades
such as construction typically pay 30 percent more at entry level than
traditional jobs for women and offer benefits and opportunities for advancement.
This free training program takes place at the UI Oakdale campus and
is co-sponsored by the Laborers-Associated General Contractors Education
and Training Fund.
Women interested in the program must attend one of two orientation sessions.
The first is Thursday, June 4 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Room E309 Seashore Hall
at the UI. The alternative is Tuesday, June 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Iowa
City Public Library, Meeting Room A.
Some money is available to reimburse participants for child care and
transportation expenses. For further information, contact the Pre-Vocational
Training Program at (319) 335-0560.