The following four programs reflect our belief in promoting the construction industry through programs for young people.

Block Kids – Grades 1-6 

The 2021 Block Kids event, historically held at the East Library and Information Center, was cancelled due to COVID restrictions. Check back for information on the 2022 event. Click on the links below for more information or contact Block Kids Chair Naomi Kidd at

Event Flyer
Registration Form
Block Kids Rules

CAD Competition – Grades 9-12

Our chapter partners with area high schools to host a CAD/Hand-Drafting competition. Contact Amy Christiansen for more information.

Construction Career Days of Southern Colorado – Grades 11-12

Join us at Construction Career Days of Southern Colorado in September started and sponsored by our chapter. This is a day for older high school students to try various aspects of constructions in an engaging, hands-on way. For more information, click on the link below.

NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship

Congratulations to our two 2020 NAWIC Pikes Peak Chapter 356 Scholarship Recipients! Kenna Droog is currently attending Colorado State University Pueblo and is studying Construction Management and Sarah Olden is currently attending Colorado School of Mines and is studying Civil Engineering.

Our chapter offers one or more scholarships each year to students currently enrolled in a construction-related degree program. Applicants can be women or men but must be from or attending college in Southern Colorado. You can find additional information and applications on the national NAWIC website by clicking on this link: The deadline for NAWIC scholarships is February 28.

And for our chapter members and sponsors…

Sponsorship Program – Build It Up

The Build It Up sponsorship program is a way for NAWIC  Chapter #356 to increase its revenue, while at the same time developing relationships with other organizations and corporations in our community.  Our hope is that through the sponsorship program, we can fund the important service and education projects designed to reach out to people in need of and deserving of our support.

NAWIC exists to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.  We live by a strong set of Core Values.  Our strength is built through our commitment to make the construction industry a better place to work.  We believe that involvement in our communities through construction industry projects and NAWIC Education Foundation programs strengthen the entire industry.

To support these and other programs, we need the help of our Build It Up partners.  We want them to encourage the women in their companies to join our organization and we want their financial contributions.

We offer several levels of sponsorship (see table below) which will be renewable each year on the anniversary date when the money is received.  With all the levels of sponsorship, the company receives recognition in our monthly newsletter, The Centerline, and at our monthly dinner meetings.   Sponsors are also recognized at every community project we participate in.   In addition, they can link their website to both our chapter website and the NAWIC Pacific Southwest Region website.  With a Build It Up PLATINUM sponsorship, the company receives one free annual corporate membership in NAWIC.  All business sponsorships qualify as a business tax deduction.

If you are interested in becoming a Build It Up sponsor, click here for a sponsorship form.  Mail the completed form to NAWIC Pikes Peak Chapter #356, PO Box 7455, Colorado Springs, CO  80933.  Checks should be made out to NAWIC Chapter 356.

If you have any questions, contact President Ally Jencson at   Thank you.

Sponsorship Levels:

  • Build It Up Bronze – $250.00
  • Build It Up Silver – $500.00
  • Build It Up Gold – $1,000.00
  • Build It Up Platinum – $1,500.00 (includes one free annual membership)

Current Build It Up sponsors are listed on the Welcome page.

Chapter Awards and Nomination Forms

Chapter awards are given at our Installation Ceremony held in September. All nominations for chapter awards are to be sent to the current Chapter President and are due no later than August 1 of each year. Downloads of the nomination forms are in the following links.

Corporate Sponsor of the Year Nomination Form

Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form

JourneyWoman Member of the Year Nomination Form

Apprentice Member of the Year Nomination Form

Spirit Award

The NAWIC Spirit Award recognizes the contributions of a chapter member for her participation in chapter activities, as well as the positive character attributes that she brings to everything she does.

You can download a copy of the nomination form. Forms are to be submitted to the Spirit Award Committee no later than August 1st.  Please check the award eligibility requirements below.

2020 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Congratulations to Chapter 356 member Staci Calderon on being awarded the 2020 NAWIC Chapter 356 Spirit Award.  The award was presented at the September Board Installation by Immediate Past President Valerie Bates.

2019 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Samantha Walter
Presented by Ally Jencson

2018 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Ally Jencson
Presented by Berni Mount

2017 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Kristen Ibarra
Presented by Berni Mount

2016 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Valerie Bates
Presented by Karen Mitchell, CBT, CIT

2015 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Angelique Kallio, CIT
Presented by Berni Mount

2013 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Victoria Bartz
Presented by Karen Mitchell, CBT, CIT

2012 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Carolyn Cummings
Presented by Karen Mitchell, CBT, CIT

2011 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Cyndi Wheatley
Presented by Linda Champlin-Frank, CBT, CIT

2010 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Linda Champlin-Frank, CBT, CIT
Presented by Karen Mitchell, CBT, CIT

2009 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Karen Mitchell, CBT, CIT
Presented by Katie Trapp

2008 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Wendy Hibbert, CIT
Presented by Dodi Walch, CCA, CDT, CIT

2007 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Dodi, Walch, CCA, CDT, CIT
Presented by Diane Watson, CCA, CIT

2006 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Diane Watson, CCA, CIT
Presented by Linda Champlin-Frank

2005 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Angelique Kallio, CIT
Presented by Kate Muniz, CCA, CIT

2004 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Kate Muniz, CCA, CIT
Presented by Katie Trapp

2003 NAWIC Spirit Award Recipient:

Katie Trapp
Presented by Cathy Andrew

2002 NAWIC Spirit Award Inaugural Recipient:

Cathy Andrew
Presented by Dodi Walch, CIT, CDS

Spirit Award Committee Guidelines


In the fall of 2002, on the way to Annual Fall Planning in El Paso, three members of Chapter 356, Dodi Walch, Connie Stevenson and Diane (Watson) Zink, felt the need to recognize a special member of the chapter, and any future outstanding member, for her unique, and previously unrecognized contributions and kind spirit.  The idea of a special award – the NAWIC Spirit Award – was born.


The Spirit Award Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, President-Elect and the previous two recipients of the NAWIC Spirit Award.  The committee shall elect its own chairperson.


Anyone who has been a member of NAWIC Chapter 356 in good standing for at least one year (includes all member categories).  Past recipients must wait two years before being eligible for another award.  If a member of the committee is nominated and more than one nomination is received, a secret ballot will be taken to determine the winner.


Forms shall be made available to the General Membership for input to the committee.  Forms are due no later than August 1st of each year.

The committee shall decide on the recipient of the award no later than September 1st, and shall be responsible for ordering the award.  No committee deliberations shall be discussed outside the committee meetings and the name of the recipient shall remain known only to the committee until the award presentation. The award will be presented at the September General Membership Meeting.
The committee shall review the forms and committee guidelines every year and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for changes needed.


NAWIC Pikes Peak Chapter 356