By Jane Hanna, President and Executive Director of the Construction Education Foundation For the past five years, the Construction Education Foundation (CEF) of North Texas has hosted a widely successful construction career day event during October in celebration of Careers in Construction Month. High school students from throughout North Texas attend the event to view equipment demonstrations, speak with local employers and visit booths representing various construction professions. Our first career day took place in 2011 with around 500 attendees, and this year, nearly 2,000 high school students are expected to attend. Since 2011, we have worked closely with Build Your Future (BYF) to implement and promote the event each year. As a result of this partnership, we helped BYF develop some of its Careers in Construction Month resources to benefit other organizations hosting career day events. Here are some of the great resources that BYF offers organizations to achieve successful career days: CEF’s fifth annual Construction Career Day will be held on Oct. 28, and for the first time, we will also have the transportation and heavy highway industries joining us. Since our first career day, industry support has come from TEXO, American Subcontractors, North Lake College and BYF. This year’s collaborative efforts between these industry groups will be strengthened by the addition of Texas Department of Transportation, North Texas Transit Authority and the American Society of Highway Engineers. We are also excited that our state governor, Greg Abbott, has declared October 2015 as Careers in Construction Month throughout Texas, increasing awareness of rewarding careers in our industry. Career day events like ours provide valuable opportunities for contractors to show their support in developing our industry’s future craft professionals. These events are instrumental in changing the image of the construction industry, boosting recruitment and ultimately narrowing the skills gap in America. For more information on Careers in Construction Month, visit byf.org. For the latest news and updates on career events visit facebook.com/BYFcampaign and follow twitter.com/buildyourfuture.  

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.