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Women in Construction Week – Torian Anderson

Join us as we celebrate Women In Construction Week! Throughout the week of March 7, we will be sharing success stories from women in the construction industry.



Torian Anderson always wanted to work in the construction trade but couldn’t afford to pay for training. With the help of our partners at the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership, she was able to achieve her goal and begin working as an electrical apprentice with a full-time salary on the massive CTA Red-Purple line modernization project.

“It’s exciting that when I get on the train and I look, I know that these trains are going back and forth and getting people where they have to go safely based on the work that I did and my coworkers and counterparts as well,” she said.

Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership said, “It is beautiful to see number one a woman, a woman of color, a woman of color who didn’t have access to these programs, to be able to have that opportunity for free and to be able to turn it into an apprenticeship. You know, this is the kind of thing that just makes your day.”

If you are interested in construction trades or manufacturing but cannot afford the training, please click here or text skilltrades to 474747. You will receive a text back with a link to a brief questionnaire about positions at CTA.

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