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Construction Success in Vegas via UW-Whitewater

October 13th, 2020 | by NEWCA

An article in The Las Vegas Sun highlights the success of women in the construction trades including Carina Sowinski, whose road to the construction industry began at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Sowinski told the Sun that she never considered a construction career until recruiters from Mortenson Co. engaged her at a college job fair. She recalled, “I remember telling them that I didn’t know anything about construction. They said that was fine. Even though it was men recruiting me, they understood that women bring value to the industry. I appreciated that.”

If not for that chance meeting, Sowinski might not be in a career she really loves as a senior safety engineer for Mortenson.

Career highlights from the first five years of her career include several stadium projects including the Atlanta Braves new ballpark and a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

For the past two years she has been overseeing a $2 billion project safety project at Allegiant Stadium, home to the newly minted in Las Vegas Raiders.

In the article, Sowinski discusses some of her favorite parts of working in the construction trades, including that she gets to spend 90 percent of day on the job site instead of in the office.

The number of women has been steadily increasing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that just over 1.1 million women work in various sectors of the construction industry as of the end of 2018.

You can read the whole article here.

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