Catherine Pena is a member of Carpenters Local 330 for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a union carpenter, Pena was working two jobs whilst taking care of her two young kids.
“My friend was so frustrated that I was working two jobs while being a good mom to my toddler boys, and knew I had a huge dream,” Pena said.
After suggesting a career in the trades, Pena joined the Carpenters union when she was 21. Earning a good wage as an apprentice made it possible for her to buy her first home when she was a 2nd year but she says it didn’t come without hard work and dedication to the trade.
“There were a lot of ups and downs, but I made it work. I was determined to reach my goals and make this career work for me. I paid attention, asked lots of question and worked hard.”
“I’m on Local 330’s executive board and I work for an excellent company; Shawmut Design and Construction,” she said. “Shawmut/Starlite are encouraging women leaders in every aspect of the company. They respect me, my judgement and my worth. I’m grateful for my career today and the sky is still the limit! I encourage women to work as hard as possible, learn every aspect of the trade and don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it! Prove your worth!”