By 2016, the construction industry expects more than one million jobs to be available. It's a growing career path and one many students might not be thinking about. As our Alexa Green tells us, an event in Broome County aimed to change that by giving teens some firsthand experience.
CHENANGO BRIDGE N.Y. -- More than 600 high school students took part in the Southern Tier Construction Career Day. Students had the chance to take part in different activities, such as watching safety demonstrations, driving equipment and bulldozing dirt.
The day was designed to introduce students to different career opportunities in the construction field.
Jack Williams, the Regional Director for NY DOT, says the program introduces different career paths in the construction field.
“It’s for everyone, it’s for people, for the students that are not sure if they want to go on with school and they want to go right into a trade. Even if they want to go into school, two years, four years, it’s all here for them,” Williams said.
Organizers say the hands-on experience is the best way to get students interested in and learning about their future options.
“To be able to come in 11th and 12 grade, in that time frame, when you’re starting to think about whether you want to go on with school beyond high school, it’s the perfect time to be turning these kids on to this exposure,” Williams said.
Students also thought Career Day was helpful.
“It’s a good experience and it really helps you know what you want to do when you grow up it makes you figure out oh I like doing this so I’m going to do that when I grow up,” said Meghin Taylor, a Vestal High School senior.
DOT officials estimate to have more than one million construction jobs open between 2010 and 2015. They're hoping events like this will help keep those positions filled.