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Construction Camp for High School Girls Returns to Oakland Community College

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FARMINGTON HILLS — The Womencenter and the Construction Management Program of Oakland Community College, in cooperation with the National Association of Women in Construction are hosting an exciting, week-long day camp for young women to introduce them to the world of construction.

Participating high school girls will attend camp from July 8 – 12 at OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills.

Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) Camp will provide information and hands-on experience in a wide range of construction-related fields taught by local women employed in the construction industry. Students will gain knowledge and practice in areas such as carpentry, electricity, plumbing, and masonry. They will also build a small frame house on campus.

In addition, campers will practice with cranes and forklifts, and create construction-related functional projects to take home. Hardhats, safety goggles, gloves, and other protective equipment are provided. At the conclusion of the camp, each camper will receive a Tomboy Tools toolkit. A recognition completion reception will be held on Friday, July 12 for the campers, their families, MAGIC Camp staff, OCC and NAWIC representatives and camp sponsors.

The MAGIC Camp experience is free to the registered students, thanks to the generous donations of the local construction industry and community partners, including The Rochester Women’s Fund, Home Depot, EJH Construction, McCarthy & Smith, Inc., AUCH General Contractors, AAUW Farmington and Northville-Novi Chapters, Michigan CAT, George McIntosh, Inc., Limbach, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Plumbers Local 98, Operating Engineers Local 324, International Masonry Institute, UAW, the National Association of Women in Construction, and Oakland Community College.

To learn more, and to receive an application brochure, call the OCC Womencenter at (248) 522-3642. The application deadline is Monday, June 3.

The Orchard Ridge Campus is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road, just west of I-696.

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