With the current shortage of employees in the construction industry, an all-female team competing in the annual NAHB Student Competition is not only refreshing to see, but encouraging as well.
In a predominantly male industry, four young women from Shadow Ridge High School in Surprise, Arizona have teamed up to participate in this year’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando. They represent the very first all-girl team ever to compete.
Team members (from left): Megan Enouen, Sarah Morrison, Elizabeth Dowland and Katie Anderson.
All Female Team Impresses Veteran Coach
The competition, formerly called the Residential Construction Management Competition, is always a highlight of IBS as it gives students across the country the opportunity to put their home building skills to the test.
The team was led by Scott Thomas, a veteran coach of the competition. “The [team’s] focus, dedication to detail, and the completion of the competition problem statement ahead of schedule was extraordinary and set this particular team ahead of any team I have had in my 35 years of teaching high school and college-level students,” Thomas said.
Student Elizabeth Dowland, who has participated in a number of competitive events, said the NAHB Student Competition pushed her and her team to a new level. “This was the most advanced and intricate project my team and I have ever worked on…I’m proud of the outcome because it was a new experience for me.”
NARI’s Futures Fund Encourages Careers in Remodeling
At NARI, we’re excited to see women getting involved in the construction industry. We also understand the importance of early exposure and we strive to reach high school students through our Kansas CIty NARI Futures Fund. Through it, we present students with information about some of the career choices available in the remodeling industry for both men and women. The Futures Fund focuses fundraising and giving efforts to attract individuals to careers in the industry, and helps improve training, education, and job opportunities with local companies.
With local and national attention, hopefully the labor shortage in the construction industry will be short-lived. If you’d like to learn more about the NARI Futures Fund and how you can help with a donation, click here.