Career education is taken to a new level this fall, when six community colleges across the state bring hundreds of students on campus to learn about their future job opportunities in the construction industry.
Southeast Community College’s Milford Campus is hosting the first of the six days on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Construction Career Days offer students opportunities to experience real-life hands-on activities, meet the college faculty, and talk with industry professionals in the field, all at the same time. At each college location, students will visit five to seven stations that give them a real-world look and feel into a set of career options for their future.
At SCC Milford, students will visit stations involving building construction; electrical; robotics; computer-aided drafting; architectural engineering; welding; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; land surveying; and diesel technology. It is open to students grades eight through 12.
There is no cost to attend thanks to industry sponsors such as Midland’s Contracting, NMC, and a number of other construction-related employers from across the state. The event is a result of a partnership with Integrated Global Dimensions, Nebraska Department of Roads, Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the US DOT Federal Highway Administration, and the Nebraska Construction Industry Council.
“The Nebraska Construction Career Days are an excellent way for students to get a hands-on experience in the construction industry,” said Tony Glenn, education specialist for the skilled and technical sciences career field at the Nebraska Department of Education. “This event is designed for any student and their parents to explore and see the awesome opportunities in the new-age construction industry and the rewarding career that can be obtained.”
Careers in construction offer rewarding jobs that also offer a great salary, not to mention most often very little student debt. In many cases, students can earn while they learn as an apprentice, intern or an on-the-job trainee.
“As an industry, we are so excited to be a part in the career days,” said Jean Petsch, executive director of the Nebraska building chapter of Associated General Contractors. “Many construction firm employees are looking forward to participating with college staff at all locations. We want young people to know the construction profession has multiple entry points into the industry, with each entry point having a great career ladder, along with above average pay at each step.”
Construction Career Days provide students the opportunity to talk with future employers about job shadowing, scholarships, internships, and starting pay out of school, as well as advancement opportunities.
Other days across the state:
Northeast Community College, Norfolk: Sept. 24; Central Community College, Hastings: Sept. 29; Metropolitan Community College, Omaha: Oct. 2; Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte: Oct. 27; and Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff: Oct. 29.
For more information, go to http://nebraskaconstructioncareerdays.com/.