National Center for Construction Education & Research
Alachua, Fla. – As part of the Build Your Future (BYF) initiative’s annual Careers in Construction Week (CICW), schools, contractors and other organizations came together to sponsor events highlighting the exciting career opportunities available in the construction industry. Throughout the week, events took place across the country to increase public awareness of the hard work and contributions of our nation's craft professionals and encourage students to pursue careers in construction. The BYF initiative participated in two such events in Texas during CICW.
On October 30, the Construction Education and Maintenance Foundation (CMEF) and ABC of Greater Houston sponsored the 2012 Construction Careers Expo in the Houston, Texas area. Over 400 participants gathered to take part in the event, which featured craft demonstrations in concrete finishing, personal protective equipment (PPE), insulating pipe, painting, scaffolding, electrical wiring, instrumentation fitting, welding and carpentry. Other activities included a pipefitting competition where participants assembled marshmallow blow guns from sets of drawings, a drill gun competition, a Get Your Gear On competition, and instrumentation, crane and excavator simulators. As a bonus, students had the opportunity to hear from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver David Starr, whose career began as a career and technical education student at Aldine High School in Houston.
On October 31, BYF teamed up with the Construction Education Foundation of North Texas (CEF) and North Lake College (NLC) to host the second annual Construction Career Day event in Irving, Texas. Along with CEF, NLC and others, TEXO and the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) sponsored the event and provided over 100 construction industry volunteers. Over 700 students representing 35 north Texas high schools spoke with local employers in the construction industry, watched equipment and welding demonstrations and visited booths representing various professions in construction. Students also had the opportunity to meet and hear from 3-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Texas-raised race car driver Johnny Rutherford aka “Lone Star Jr.”
“[Construction] Career Day is a valuable opportunity for Cummings Electrical to show our support for developing our future electricians, estimators, project managers and so much more,” said Jill Hoeth, human resources manager for Cummings Electrical, Inc. “We are very thankful to be included in this massive undertaking to show students that there are various opportunities in the construction industry, including educational tracks that will provide them real on-the-job experience.”
Educators and guidance counselors echoed Hoeth’s sentiment.
“CEF Career Fair was once again a terrific event! Having the opportunity to investigate future careers as skilled workers in a variety of construction trades was a wonderful experience for my students,” said Laura Epperson, transition specialist for the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District (GCISD).
In addition to the Texas career days, CICW also included construction career events in Baton Rouge, La., Plaquemine, La., Greer, S.C., Lexington, S.C., and Pittsburg, Kan. To find out more about Careers in Construction Week, visit byf.org/events.