The National Coalition of Women of Color in Construction (NCWCC) is a Trade Association committed to advancing the participation and success of women of color in the contracting and construction sectors. Our mission is to facilitate the growth and empowerment of women of color in these historically male-dominated industries by offering a range of resources, support, and opportunities.

Breaking Stereotypes: Woman of Color Paving the Way in Male-Dominated Industries

Women of color face unique challenges in the trades industry, but organizations like NCWCC Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment are working to provide support and resources to help them succeed. at NCWCC can provide useful strategies and practical applications to increase the number of women entering and being retained in registered apprenticeship through our online resources, technical assistance and training, summarized

Through online resources and technical assistance in English, NCWCC offers valuable strategies and practical applications to increase the number of women entering and being retained in registered apprenticeship programs. at NCWCC  can provide useful strategies and practical applications to increase the number of women entering and being retained in registered apprenticeship through our online resources, technical assistance and training, summarized

By addressing the barriers that women of color face in the trades, NCWCC is helping to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce that benefits both individuals and the industry as a whole. 


NCWCC  can provide useful strategies and practical applications to increase the number of women entering and being retained in registered apprenticeship through our online resources, technical assistance and training, summarized


Re-established in 2008
The organization was re-established in 2008 and was renamed: The National Coalition for Women of Color in Construction (NCWCC). The mission is now to establish a place in the
construction and contracting  industry giving a seamless and systematic voice for all women of color including, but not limited to those of African decent, American Indian, Asian, Native
Hawaiian, Pacific Islander. NCWCC is privately funded by CECI Services.

Historically, in Metro Atlanta and Dekalb County, Georgia, the youth programs have worked
individually without the commitment of the building trades. However, NCWCC’s greatest
strength is in its industry support.

NCWCC’s strategy is to promote comprehensive understanding of the barriers faced when
socially economic youth and women of color trainees enter into the construction industry.

 Our direct involvement establishes a healthy connection to the communities they serve while
implementing strategies that promote sustainability and leadership within our youth.

When durable networks affiliate and collaborate with each other, communities grow stronger,
information flows faster, resources can be mobilized more effectively, and problems can be
solved more quickly.


The National Coalition of Women of Color in Construction Inc is the only affinity woman of color in construction organization led by Union OPCMIA  indigenous trades women and women contractors.

 NCWCC Pre-apprenticeship serves indigenous underserved communities  of color. 

In 2008  our organization  created a Pre-apprenticeship  program that  held has dual signatory authority with three of the oldest
Unions in the United States:

*Department of Labor approved United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Southeastern Carpenters’ Regional Council Carpenter’s Local Unions in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

*International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artist and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO,CLC

* International Operative Plaster’s  and Plasterer's  Cement Mason Local 148

NCWCC has initiated a seamless comprehensive succession plan for the pre-apprentiship trainees, with support built around a strategic alliance team of successful minority women owned construction firms, AFL-CIO Women in non-traditional trades, the Department of Labor Approved JATC apprenticeship program, and GED programs.
Our organization has women of color general contractors, specialty contractors, and material supplies that support the NCWCC Build-A-Youth program by serving on accreditation teams, partnering with schools through local building trade industry councils and participating in fund raising activities through the IATSE, Multi Media, and Applied Science programs that support the NCWCC mission.
Our commitment to recruit young women of color is critical to our existence as a National

 NCWCC has directly mentored low income, at risk young women of color, and has assigned job shadowing within our National Executive Board members. 

We have found this to be one of the best practice models for outreach, recruitment, assessment, and preparation of female
candidates for the apprenticeship programs.


About NCWCC Pre-Apprenticeship Program

NCWCC Pre-Apprenticeship  promotes success for women in the trades through education, leadership, and mentorship.  We were founded in 2008 on the principles that women deserve and can attain economic self-sufficiency by pursuing careers in skilled trades while supporting industry to build a diverse workforce.  Thirty years strong, NCWCC offers apprenticeship readiness training programs, trades awareness and education, leadership development for tradeswomen, and technical assistance to organizations seeking to have a diverse and inclusive workforce. 




Through our core program areas, NCWCC  works to:

  • Recruit, train, place and retain women in the skilled trades
  • Encourage middle and high school aged girls to learn about skilled trades careers 
  • Address broader issues of economic justice, gender equity, and racial parity in  apprenticeship training, workforce development and employment


  • Support an organization dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership, and mentorship.
  • Have an immediate and lasting impact
  • Gain valuable expertise while building important networks and relationships. 
  • Help our community by helping others. 



The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides one of the most significant investments in the creation of good jobs in recent years. However, without intentional efforts to address occupational segregation in the key industries funded by the law, women could miss out on more than a million jobs in the next decade.

These investments come at a critical time for our economy. Not only are they essential to address our crumbling infrastructure, they will provide stable, well-paying jobs across the country. Accessing these jobs is particularly important for women and women of color, who were hit hard by the pandemic. 


Between February 2020 and April 2020, women lost nearly 11.9 million jobs. These job losses were especially large for Black women and Latinas, and women’s recovery has been slower than men’s. Even before the pandemic, women workers, particularly women of color, faced significant obstacles to economic security in large part due to racism, sexism, and discrimination which created barriers to good jobs that pay well, offer quality benefits and support workers’ right to come together in unions.

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Empowering Women: Breaking Barriers and Fostering Inclusive Opportunities for All

The IIJA, which provides $550 billion in historic new investments in transportation, communications, clean water and energy, and more, is estimated to add nearly 800,000 jobs to the economy annually. This offers a critical opportunity to increase women’s access to quality, well-paying jobs – but only if federal and state investments are implemented with gender and racial equity in mind.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Exposing and Eradicating Sexism Today

Racism and sexism have combined to leave women historically underrepresented in industries funded by these investments. According to the Inter-American Development Bank, globally women account for fewer than 15 percent of all jobs in sectors pertaining to infrastructure and only 32 percent of all jobs in the renewable energy industry. The United States is no exception. Women comprise only ten percent of the construction industry and less than a third of manufacturing and wholesale trade jobs.*

Black Women to Obtain 4% of Newly Available Job Openings

This occupational segregation has severe implications. New National Partnership for Women & Families analysis reveals that if this funding is not implemented with a deliberate focus on increasing women’s footholds in these industries, women will lose out on this historic investment. We find that if the status quo persists:

  • Women will account for only 29 percent of jobs created by the IIJA (220,230 annually).
  • Black women will account for less than 4 percent of new jobs,

Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities


By comparison, if occupational segregation were eliminated – in other words, if women filled these jobs at the same rate they hold jobs across the economy – women would gain an additional 145,070 jobs per year, including 18,130 more jobs for Black women, 21,140 more jobs for Latinas, 8,820 more jobs for AAPI women, 3,610 more jobs for multiracial women, and 830 more jobs for Native women.

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