Students from several local high schools participated in Construction Career Day, an educational outreach program designed to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities available to them in the construction industry.
During the event, participants were able to interact with industry professionals and explore career options and educational opportunities from local colleges, apprenticeship programs, and other construction-related associations. Several information tables showed off the variety of jobs within the field, as well as their duties and salaries.
Students were able to operate heavy equipment and try their hands at trade skills including concrete finishing, electrical installation, materials testing, and public utility management. The event also featured technology-based construction careers.
Partner agencies and organizations responsible for the event include the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Transportation Builders Association, the Suncoast Utility Contractors Association, and the Federal Highway Administration.
The mission of Construction Career Days is to improve the image of the construction industry in the eyes of today's high school students and plant the seeds for tomorrow's skilled workforce.