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Foundation encourages girls to seek transportation, construction jobs

HOYA Foundation hopes to open doors during career events


Two upcoming Career Days for Girls events are part of a nationwide effort to encourage young women to pursue careers in transportation and construction.

Presented by the HOYA Foundation, the career days are offered June 25-29 and July 16-20, and are free for qualified candidates.

Participants will travel to five companies to learn about the careers offered in the transportation and construction industries. The girls will be at each location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the host company will provide lunch.

“It is so exciting to see young women light up as they realize there are so many possibilities for their career,” Keller Hayes, from the HOYA Foundation, said in a news release. "One of last year's graduates got to have shadowing days at RTD, Iron Horse Architects, Denver International Airport, P&H Equipment and Gilmore Construction. She also got one-on-one assistance with scholarship applications through Land Acquisitions. All of this was a direct result of her participation in Career Days for Girls."

This year's participating companies are Adolfson & Peterson, CDOT, Denver International Airport, Fiore & Sons, Gilmore Construction, Iron Horse Architects, Martin Marietta, P&H Equipment, RTD and Wagner Equipment.

Transportation and construction careers include jobs such as heavy equipment operator, architect, engineer, driver, surveyor, project supervisor, marketing, human resources and so many more.

“I would recommend Career Days for Girls to anyone. It was a great experience to see how many jobs are out there,” Sarai Aragon, participant in Career Days for Girls 2017, said in the release.

To qualify for the free program, candidates must be girls between the ages of 13 and 20. All candidates will need their own transportation to the host companies, and parental consent is required for girls under 18. The deadline to apply is May 25.

“I really didn't know what I wanted to do. And this just helped me open up to what was possible. Definitely do it — even if your mom makes you," said Isabella Villano, a participant in Career Days for Girls 2017.

At the conclusion of the week, girls will be asked to write a short essay reflecting on the experience. Visit www.constructiongirl.org for the online application.


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