Mentors Prepare Women for Construction Career

Posted on October 14, 2008  Comments (3)

photo of Heather Cavitt

Mentors prepare women for construction career

Now Cavitt and other women in the construction school, a part of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, can give themselves another advantage: Learning from pioneering women who have already risen to leadership positions in the business.

The school recently established its Advancing Women in Construction program, a key part of which is a mentorship project. More than 70 women – and several men – in the construction industry in the greater Phoenix area have signed on to mentor female students and provide them an inside look at life in the industry.

plan to increase female enrollment from less than 15 percent of total enrollment to 30 percent – or about 200 female students – within five years.

Cavitt says her favorite things about the school’s construction management program are the opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, such as internships and building-project competitions between construction students at other universities. She expects the mentoring program to add significantly to the value of her college education. “I’m excited to learn about the real-world business of construction from women who have been successful at it for many years,” she says.

photo: School of Construction student Heather Cavitt (front) will gain from the experience of Crystal Slawson (center), president of Phoenix Pipelines and Natalie Palmer, the company’s project coordinator, through the school’s Advancing Women in Construction mentorship program.

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3 Responses to “Mentors Prepare Women for Construction Career”

  1. steve
    October 30th, 2008 @ 6:20 am

    30% is pretty optimistic! I visit quite a lot of construction sites through my work and it’s very rare to see any women except running the canteen. I don’t think it’s because they don’t get employed, but I wouldn’t want to be the only and first woman working with a bunch of British builders!

  2. Anonymous
    May 7th, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    There is no shock that women have geared up and are looking for unique places to specialize in and a pat on the back to all those women out there who are taking that extra effort into making a global difference for the women. We have come a long way from liberating females off males and now specializing in fields which makes them jealous to watch us excel. There is in no doubt as hell that women are considered to be the best leaders in comparison to male. Their ability to nurture and talk to their fellow employees is a natural trait that male lack. If they can excel in every field than there is no doubt that they can excel in the dirty jobs of construction. Have we forgotten that every start included only a few number of women who would than empower themselves to compete against male. So there is no doubt that I would be glad to be the first woman working with a bunch of British builders.. What’s the harm in it anyways?

  3. Clara
    November 3rd, 2011 @ 6:04 am

    This is a great story. Great to hear that women can rise in the construction business. This business is mostly done by men, but woman can do that job as good as a men. I think they can give the business some new thoughts of how building projects can be done.

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