Wednesday, October 12, 2016

More great work by our Electrical Class!

Laurie runs wire at the Moore Women in Construction Training Center. 
Cecily wires a receptacle in the Electrical class.
Ashley and Chantille hang a ceiling box for an overhead light.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jeanne, a member of our very first electrical class, practices wiring up an outlet.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Instructor Eddie Collins explains a principle of electrical work to the class.

Friday, September 16, 2016

New Pilot Electrical Class at Moore Women in Construction

We just completed Week 3 of Moore WinC's new pilot electrical program. Many of our students have expressed interest in electrical work, and at the same time, many of our industry partners say they need qualified electricians. The 12 students in this class, under the leadership of class coordinator Simone Agee and instructor Eddie Collins, will finish the program with a Level 1 certificate in the NCCER electrical curriculum.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sun Herald features WinC Director Julie Kuklinski!

Our very own Julie Kuklinski was featured in the Sun Herald as one of their Coast Characters!!

The ‘glue’ of East Biloxi led Women In Construction director home — here’s how she makes an impact

Read more here:

We're so happy and proud of you, Julie! Congratulations!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sun Herald: $3.5M grant will help Moore Community House build new careers for women

Check out this great article in the Sun Herald about our new Strengthening Working Families grant from the U.S. Department of Labor!

$3.5M grant will help Moore Community House build new careers for women

Read more here:

And there's also a video interview with our director, Julie Kuklinski:

Sun Herald video

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Women in Construction receives Strengthening Working Families grant

Women in Construction is excited to announce that we have been chosen as one of 14 programs awarded a Strengthening Working Families grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. More information about the grant is below:

US Labor Department announces $54M in grants to improve access to skills training and quality, affordable child care for parents

Grants fund public-private partnerships focused on supporting working families

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of approximately $54 million in grants to help low- to middle- skilled parents access the affordable, quality child care they need to earn an education, participate in training programs and ultimately compete for better-paying jobs in emerging industries. Grants to 14 partnerships across the country were awarded as part of the Strengthening Working Families Initiative.

These investments will strengthen and support public-private partnerships devoted to helping parents advance in their careers by bridging gaps between local workforce development and child care systems. Partnerships will facilitate access to training in a variety of industries such as information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services and educational services.
Participants in programs funded by these grants must be custodial parents, legal guardians, foster parents or others standing in place of the parent with at least one dependent. Grantees may use up to 25 percent of their total budget to provide quality, affordable care and other services to support participation in training.

“Caring for children and being responsible parents should not be obstacles for working families seeking to compete for better-paying jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The grants we’re awarding today will help more working parents find affordable, high-quality child care while training for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The department is awarding the grants – ranging from $3 to $4 million each – throughout the country, serving approximately 7,900 participants. Each partnership includes representatives from the public workforce system, community-based and faith-based organizations, child care service providers, an economic development agency, an education and training provider and at least three employers, or an industry association representing at least three employer partners. By leveraging additional public and/or private funding, these grants will promote activities that address barriers to accessing training and employment, including:
  • Co-location of training and child care services.
  • Increased access through unconventional training delivery times or locations.
  • Flexibilities related to scheduling and child care exigencies.
  • Improved access to child care and other related participant supportive services.
Funded through fees paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the U.S. under the H-1B temporary visa program, these grants are intended to raise the technical skill levels of American workers and, over time, help businesses reduce their reliance on temporary visa programs.

This announcement is being made as part of the first United State of Women Summit on June 14. Convened by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the summit serves as a large-scale effort to bring together advocates of gender equality and highlight areas of progress, as well as identify and meet remaining challenges. Experts, advocates, and grassroots and business leaders in both domestic and international arenas will be among those participating.

To learn more about the Strengthening Working Families Initiative, visit