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Local girls are learning how to fix a car, use tools to build, pour concrete, and more. It's part of the Girls Build summer camp in Grants Pass.

Posted: Jun. 28, 2018 6:15 PM
Updated: Jun. 28, 2018 6:20 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Local girls are learning how to fix a car, use tools to build, pour concrete, and more. It's part of the Girls Build summer camp in Grants Pass. 

Katie Hughes, the Executive Director of Girls Build, says only three percent of construction workers across the nation are women. She's hoping to change that statistic with these summer camps. 

"When they arrive on day one they see a pile of lumber, and when they leave they see a playhouse," says Hughes. 

The play house is one of many projects girls eight to fourteen work on throughout the week. Hughes says many of the girls live in rural areas. Some are taught the trade skills, but not encouraged to turn them into a career. She hopes this camp will encourage them to move into the male dominated construction industry. 

"It makes them feel really strong and really confident. I hope this also changes the way they navigate the world," says Hughes. 

Lynn Campbell works as a supervisor for Timber Products. She's worked in the mill industry for 30 years. She was one of the first female mill workers at Boise Cascade, and the first female supervisor at Timber Products. 

"We made up our mind that we would work hard, do what we needed to do, and we would prove that we were there to do the job and have equal pay," says Campbell. 

Campbell says she's seen a change in the mill industry. She says it's not common to see women working in the mills. Campbell told NewsWatch12 young women shouldn't limit themselves from entering a trade industry. 

"It's really important to realize you can do it if you decide it's what you want to do. Not to be limited or to hang back because you think maybe that's not where you should be," says Campbell. 

Hughes says whether or not the girls choose to enter a trade workforce, the skills they are learning will help them throughout their lives. 

Girls Build will be back in Grants Pass next summer. 

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