Women in Construction Week: Moore Community House has trained hundreds of women

This week is a time to highlight all women working in the construction industry as part of Women in Construction Appreciation Week.

Since childhood, Tawnya Lundberg knew that she wanted to build things when she got older, thanks to growing up with her dad and helping him when it came to using her hands.

She wanted to stick with her passions while being able to make money, which brought Lundberg to Women in Construction at Moore Community House where she got her welding certificate which led her to start her own company last year. “I just started doing what I knew and I started doing remodeling and any kind of construction job that I could get my hands on and then it turned itself into me having my own business.”

Along with running a new business, Lundberg was also asked to come back to Women in Construction to become an instructor. “I usually come back and teach frame work because I know a lot about framework and everything. They get a lot of books and stuff like that, but they need hands-on projects so they can get the feel for power tools and drills and things like that and actually build things that are larger than themselves.”

The Women in Construction program not only gives the skill set and knowledge for women to advance in the field, but it also encourages and promotes girl power that you can do anything when you set your mind to it. Trainee Christen Atherton said, “I’m very proud of myself. I look back and now this is a milestone that I get to look back and be like I did it when I was scared, when I was angry, when I was upset. I’m happy that I got to accomplish it.”

Atherton suggests for any woman wanting to work in construction to make an effort to learn more about it. “Pull up YouTube videos, go ahead and check, ask somebody to show you how to do it. Don’t be afraid to do it. I promise you it’s liberating at the end. It’s a whole different experience, so my advice, is if you’re feeling scared or anything, just go for it.”

For more information on Women in Construction, you can visit their website at moorecommunityhouse.org.

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