groupcroppedBy Mandy Beaulieu, Training Director for Construction Education Foundation, Inc. Alaska/Associated General Contractors of Alaska Because of Alaska’s vast geography, it is hard to have just one construction career day, so we host multiple events across different regions. For the past nine years, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ Civil Rights Office has hosted the annual Alaska Construction Career Day at Palmer Fairgrounds. Middle and high school students from throughout Southcentral Alaska – which includes the cities of Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla, Valdez and Houston – attend the event to explore various construction career opportunities. This year’s event is expected to have 1,000 students in attendance. Students have the opportunity to meet with apprenticeship coordinators, postsecondary representatives and local construction companies to ask questions and learn about career opportunities in the industry. In addition, students can visit three stations at the event:
  1. An outdoor station for welding, scissor lift operation, fall protection and mixer truck operation
  2. An indoor station for making small bird house and miniature saw horses
  3. A simulator station with heavy equipment, painting and welding simulators
weldercroppedSince the first Alaska Construction Career day took place in 2006, it has expanded in size and location. The Kenai Peninsula and Southeast Alaska regions each host Alaska Construction Career Day events every other year, with the Southeast Alaska event focusing on maritime construction career opportunities. This year, we added an event in Seward, Alaska, which also focuses on maritime construction and multi-skilled maritime craft professions. The Alaska Construction Career Day provides a worthwhile opportunity for students who may not have the ability to take career and technical education courses in school to learn about careers in construction. The average age of a construction worker in the state of Alaska is 54, and events like these help industry become more involved in recruiting youth to construction careers. We wouldn’t be able to have such a successful event if it wasn’t for industry support from AKA Hauling & Plow, AATCA, Alaska Army National Guard, Alaska Industrial Hardware, Alaska Job Corps, Alaska Laborers Training School, AOEETT, Alaska Pacific Rental, Alaska State Fairgrounds, Alaska Regional Council of Carpenters Local 2520, Alaska Teamster, Alaska Works, Anchorage Sand & Gravel, Anchorage School District, AVTEC, Blacque Ice Productions, Construction Education Foundation Inc., DOLWD, DOLWD Mat-Su Job Center, Mat-Su School District, Military Youth Academy, NECA IBEW, Northern Industrial Training, Painters & Allied Trades Joint Apprenticeship and Training, Red Box, SACTC, Safety Inc./Zee Medical, Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship Program, Subway of Mat-Su and University of Alaska Mat-Su College.   I_Built_This_logocroppedIn celebration of Careers in Construction Month, NCCER and BYF launched the "I BUILT THIS" video contest, giving aspiring craft professionals and their instructors an opportunity to share their outstanding construction projects and designs. The contest is open through Oct. 18. Winners will receive GoPro HERO cameras, Google Chromecast streaming devices and Lowe's gift cards. Visit nccer.org/I-BUILT-THIS for more information.  

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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.