Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Women, Consider an Iuoe Apprenticeship

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Women, Consider an Iuoe Apprenticeship

Article excerpt

In 1986 I was afforded the opportunity to apply for The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program. Back then, I was was one of the few female candidates to apply. Thankfully, with the help of many forward-thinking leaders, I made it through the training and became an official member.

What has ensued since has been a decades-long and very rewarding career. I have been a part of some of the biggest and most important construction projects in state history. In that time, I was also named to the Apprenticeship Board of Trustees. Because of my overwhelmingly positive experience, I have become a champion for bringing more women into our program.

While progress on this front was slow but steady at first, it went to a new level with the energy renaissance that has taken flight in Pennsylvania. …

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