Construction industry turn to women in the Ozarks to fill jobs

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The construction industry is experiencing a workforce shortage. However, there is no shortage of opportunities to get training in the field, for men and women alike.

Folks with Crossland Construction say they are constantly looking for help. There is a shortage of workers in the industry. They have their own paid educational programs to try and fill that void. And they welcome both men and women.

So does a training opportunity in the construction industry at Ozarks Technical Community College. The Skill Up program, which provides free training for those on food stamps, has a framing and finishing class starting later this month. They encourage women to take advantage of the training.

Women in the field are not alone. They have a local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, or NAWIC. That group is receiving a special Proclamation from the City of Springfield Tuesday. The city will be declaring the week of March 4th through 10th women in construction week.

"I think that if women want something different, outside of the box, this is definitely something they should do," said Carrie Shires, Crossland Construction. "And we have a support. NAWIC is here to support and enhance and try to promote the success of women in the construction industry."

If you or someone you know is interested in the framing and finishing course at OTC, the deadline to sign up is next Monday. The course starts February 26th. If you do not qualify for the training for free, you can still sign up and pay for it. Just contact the Center for Workforce Development at (417)447-8888 or visit the center at 800 East Central in Springfield.

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