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.