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BIAW sponsors learning opportunity for students, promoting well-paying careers in skilled trades

November 30, 2020

Woman in welding gearBIAW, local building associations and Olympic Education Service District 114 are teaming up to introduce students to opportunities in skilled trades.

The team invites high school students to join two special 1.5-hour presentations featuring journeyman ironworker/boilermaker Jamie McMillan. McMillan will start with a 45-minute presentation followed by an interactive question and answer session with students.

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 12-1:30pm PST – To register
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 12:1:30pm PST – To register

Woman in black t-shirt smilingFounder of KickAss Careers, McMillan is a well-known speaker who participated on Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau’s Ministerial Advisory Committee to promote careers to youth in skilled trades. She became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across the U.S. and Canada.

She will share how she found her path in the skilled trades, including dealing with ADHD, facing troubles at home, and making career path decisions that ultimately brought her to the skilled trades.

When she’s not working on a construction site, McMillan raises awareness about careers in skilled trades and technology, particularly for nontraditional students. She speaks to more than 40,000 students, parents, educators and employers each year across North America, and has gained international notoriety.

Watch this video to meet Jamie and hear why she’s so excited about this presentation!

This Career Connected Learning awareness opportunity is provided to students by the BIAW, Kitsap Building Association, Jefferson County Home Builders Association, Olympia Master Builders and North Peninsula Home Building Association.

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