Construction career fair for 11th grade students
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - The Western Colorado Contractor’s Association, Mesa County, Ute Water, and School District 51 partnered together to bring back the Western Colorado Construction Career Day for 11th grade students. Nearly 300 students attended the event, the students spent the day participating in hands-on activities and interacted with construction professionals as they learned about fulfilling careers in the construction industry.
Many local and statewide organizations educated students about careers in the construction industry and helped them discover the options available to them in pursuing higher education, these include trade school, on-the-job training, or college education. Experts say this career fair is vital as there is currently a 35% shortage in welders and a 42% shortage in trade professionals as a whole.
With the significant decrease in the labor market, the Construction Career Day seeks to provide mentorship from professionals that truly exemplify a successful career in the industry. Seeing this may provide students with the opportunity to learn about niche careers they may have not known about before today.
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