Training program gives women boost into workforce

Updated: Jun. 15, 2017 at 4:47 PM CDT
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The program teaches more than just construction skills. (Photo source: WLOX)
The program teaches more than just construction skills. (Photo source: WLOX)

A group of hard working women put in sweat equity and got things done in Jackson County Thursday morning; leaving their mark on a park in Gautier.

The Women in Construction Program began after Hurricane Katrina due to the demand for reconstruction, and the need many women had for work. But, the program teaches more than just construction skills.

"The program is Women In Construction, but it's metaphorically women under construction in transition stage of your life, and trying to find yourself so they offer all the resources that you need help you with that also," said Ethel Williams.

After recently graduating from the program, those in charge offered her a position to stay on as an instructor assistant.

"I was like there's my chance to give back and help people who were once in my position," said Williams.

Women come to the program from all walks of life. They go through an extensive application process, and making it in is a reason to celebrate.

"I was ecstatic and excited and it's honestly been the best thing that I've done," said Cassandra Eaton.

For many of the women, the eight-week program is the boost they need in skill, character, and confidence to put them into the workforce stronger than ever.

"It's showing other women that yes, you're a woman, and you can't be held down," said Dawn Taylor.

Taylor hopes graduating from the training will put her on the path to a great career in a vocational field.

"Just getting that kind of money, getting a house, it's going to give a great opportunity for all women and it's free to every woman," said Taylor. "I just cannot wait to get out there and achieve my dreams and my goals."

The Women in Construction program has graduated more than 400 students in its nine years of training. To find out more about the program, visit or call 228-297-0994.

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