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PSU Construction Management Program Sees Increase in Female Students

Pittsburg State University is highlighting a growing trend of women enrolling in their Construction Management Program.
PITTSBURG, KS.--- Pittsburg State University is highlighting a growing trend of women enrolling in their Construction Management Program. One instructor says the construction industry is not just a career for men anymore. Another female instructor adds that with more women having success in the field and encouraging others to take the same path, there has been an increase in female interest. 

"When I was a student, there was probably 5 or 6 students in this department. Whereas now, we've got in the neighborhood of maybe 20 females, which that is quite an increase," said Jenny McCool O'Dell, Instructor. 

In fact, instructor Jenny McCool O'Dell is noticing more women in the industry overall.

"Many of the female students that we have in our program, as they get ready to graduate, they all have job offers. They all have job offers and usually not just one, they have multiple offers sitting on the table," said O'Dell. 

Pittsburg Stae University Senior Hannah Wolgamott is noticing more females in her program as well.

"It's growing, there's a lot more girls here than when I was a freshman. So, it's becoming more popular," said Hannah Wolgamott, PSU Senior. 

O'Dell thinks the increase in female students can be attributed to a growing awareness of what it actually takes to do the job.

"Construction isn't just hammers and nails as everyone thinks. It's actually more about management, managing time, managing money, managing people," said O'Dell.

This Friday, the National Association of Women in Construction will introduce a new chapter to Southeast Kansas at Downstream Casino. The main focus of that organization is to bring women in construction together for networking and mentoring. 

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