Reno career fair aims to get women into apprenticeship programs

The Northern Nevada Apprenticeship Coordinators Association 14th Building Women Career Fair at the Truckee Meadows Community College William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center. Photo by Ben Deach/KOLO.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Northern Nevada Apprenticeship Coordinators Association holds its 14th Building Women Career Fair at the Truckee Meadows Community College William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center at 475 Edison Way in Reno Saturday through 1:30 p.m.

The event features hands-on exhibits and information on earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship programs in various disciplines in construction and construction related industries. Exhibits include making a windchime with welding technology, building a metal box and virtual reality backhoe driving, along with laying concrete, painting and drywalling.

"We want women to see the technological advances in the construction trades that have made these jobs more accessible to women," Dian VanderWell, trades apprenticeship recruiter for NNACA, said in a statment. "We're talking full time jobs with full benefits for families and full retirement throughout our apprenticeship programs and into the workforce."

VanderWell said apprentices attend classes and are put to work immediately. Apprentices work regular work hours and earn certificates through coursework and pay is increased approximately about six months.

"These are ideal roles for women returning to the workplace, displaced homemakers or single moms," she said. "For women who like to work outside or work with their hands, construction is a great option."

Apprenticeships are open to people 17-18 years or older with a high school diploma or equivalent. Programs run from four to five years and combine on the job training and classroom instruction under master craftspeople. All apprenticeship programs are free of charge and most include books and paid college credits.

For information on the Building Women Career Fair, contact info@buildingtradejobs.org, or call Dian VanderWell, trades apprenticeship recruiter for NNACA, at 775-772-7146.