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Hands-on training experience exposes girls to the magic of construction

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Melissa Gonzalez-Mendoza, 18, of Oxnard, takes apart a sink as she prepares for a timed plumbing test Wednesday at the Mentor A Girl In Construction camp at Ace Charter School in Camarillo. © Anthony Plascencia/VC Star

More than 30 girls are participating in MAGIC Camp this week. No, there are no magic hats involved but there are hard hats. MAGIC stands for Mentoring a Girl in Construction.The camp, which began Monday at Architecture Construction & Engineering Charter High School in Camarillo, gives high school girls the chance to learn construction and related fields.

The camp offers training with many of the tools and materials of the trade as well as safety skills.

The free camp is in its third year, said Laurie Bennett, a member of the MAGIC Camp Committee. of the National Association of Women in Construction. In past years, students came exclusively from the Oxnard Union High School District. This year, Girl Scouts from the Central Coast Council are taking part.

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