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Women in Construction
The Moore Community House Women in Construction pre-apprenticeship job training program is designed to train women for careers in apprenticeship and nontraditional career pathways that meet the needs of families as well as the demands of the construction skilled craft trades and advanced manufacturing industry.
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StrategyThe strategy of this program is to create an avenue for women to pursue careers which earn wages to promote self-sufficiency, as well as to improve the outreach, training, placement and retention of women in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations while supporting them throughout this pathway through comprehensive supportive services.
Single MomsSingle mothers work. In Mississippi, women make up half the workforce, but they account for two-thirds of minimum wage workers. Even working full time, federal minimum wage is below the federal poverty level for a family of two and less than half of Mississippi's self-sufficiency wage, which is calculated to support the basic needs of a family.
Higher WagesConstruction trade jobs provide a pathway to an employment sector that pays higher wages and offers the opportunity for families to earn a self-sufficiency wage.
GrowthSince the first class in 2008, Women in Construction has trained more than 400 women, and currently has a placement rate above 70%.
AwardedWomen in Construction was recently one of 14 programs awarded a Strengthening Working Families grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This four-year, $3.5 million grant will allow us to expand our program and provide additional, comprehensive support services and resources, particularly access to child care, for women in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.
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