Special Populations Collaborative

Economically Disadvantaged/All Special Populations

Palomar College, Work Experience for Architecture Students

In order to provide Architecture students with work experience opportunities, the department contacts and coordinates with all construction contractors who are working on campus improvements. Arrangements are made to have the students work on the on-going projects and gain valuable experience.

For more information contact: Sandra Andre sander@palomar.edu

National Resource: National Association of Women in Construction
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) was founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry to create a support network. NAWIC has a membership of more than 4,500 and approximately 167 chapters, with chapters in almost every U.S. state. For more than 30 years, the NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) has offered creative and educational programs for students from grade school to high school. NEF’s award-winning Block-Kids program, Building Design program and the CAD/Design/Drafting Scholarship Awards competitions introduce students to careers and opportunities in construction. NEF also offers three continuing education courses, which include certifications administered through Clemson University: Certified Construction Associate
(CCA), Construction Bookkeeping Technician (CBT), Construction Document Specialist (CDS) and Construction Industry Technician (CIT). NAWIC chapters nationwide have awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to students pursuing construction-related studies. NAWIC Online is a clearinghouse for Association information. Also located at NAWIC Online, is the Career Center which helps connect NAWIC members with new employment opportunities. Members can post resumés or search available jobs. In addition, employers and recruiters can browse through resumés or post employment opportunities.

For more information visit: www.NAWIC.org

National Resource: National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)

IWITTS helps educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers, such as technology, the trades and law enforcement. They offer research, training, and classroom tools that help technology and science educators increase the number of women and girls enrolled in their classes and retain them. These include:

  • Trainings and technical assistance for educators, both on-site at your location and at IWITTS
  • Classroom tools, such as role model career videos, posters of women in technology, marketing kits and more
    Proven Practices Collection, including journal articles, case studies, and presentations
  • Multi-site national demonstration and research projects

For more information visit: www.iwitts.org