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PO BOX 204
BILOXI, MS 39533
228-436-6601

 

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MOORE WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

The Moore Community House Women in Construction pre-apprenticeship job training program is

designed to train women for careers in apprenticeship and nontraditional career pathways that meet

the needs of families as well as the demands of the construction skilled craft trades and advanced

manufacturing industry. The strategy of this program is to create an avenue for women to pursue

careers which earn wages to promote self-sufficiency, as well as to improve the outreach, training,

placement and retention of women in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations while supporting

them throughout this pathway through comprehensive supportive services. Started in 2007, Women in

Construction has trained more than 300 women, and currently has a placement rate above 70%.

 

Women in Construction was recently one of 14 programs awarded a Strengthening Working Families grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This four-year, $3.5 million grant will allow us to expand our program and provide additional,

comprehensive support services and resources, particularly access to child care, for women in Hancock,

Harrison and Jackson counties.

 

Single mothers work. In Mississippi, women make up half the workforce, but they account for 72% of

minimum wage workers. Even working full time, federal minimum wage is below the federal poverty

level for a family of two and less than half of Mississippi's self-sufficiency wage, which is calculated to

support the basic needs of a family. Construction trade jobs provide a pathway to an employment sector

that pays higher wages and offers the opportunity for families to earn a self-sufficiency wage.

 

Besides helping to provide well-paying jobs to the region's low income women, the program helps to

meet the industry's demand for a trained workforce. The program also aims to create a climate across

Mississippi enabling women to pursue careers which will earn wages to promote self-sufficiency.

 

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Faced with a reality in which few economic opportunities exist for the low income women of our neighborhood, MCH seeks to help them explore new career paths.

 

PARTNERS

City of Biloxi

City of Gautier

El Pueblo Safe Space

Back Bay Mission

Biloxi Main Street

Biloxi NAACP

Coastal Family Health Center

East Biloxi Community Collaborative

Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence

Habitat for Humanity

Hope Credit Union

Jackson County Community Action Agency

Mercy Housing & Human Development

Mississippi Center for Justice

Volunteer Mississippi

Hope Policy Institute

Mississippi Low Income Childcare Initiative

Grand Bay Natural Estuarine Research Reserve

STEPS Coalition

United Methodist Women

Visions of Hope

Wildlife Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

 

 

 

 

Mississippi Department of Human Services

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

State Workforce Investment Board

US Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Office of Apprenticeship, Women’s Bureau, EEOC

Gulf State Shipbuilding Consortium

JO Collins

Ingalls Shipbuilding

National Association of Women in Construction

Port of Gulfport

Roy Anderson Corporation

Tindall Corporation

US Department of Labor Strengthening Working Families Initiative

Kaiser Permanente

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Ms. Foundation for Women

Oxfam America

Wider Opportunities for Women

Women’s Foundation of Mississippi

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Tradeswomen Taskforce/Nationwide Tradeswomen Organizations