On October 25, 2017, the Construction Education Foundation of North Texas (CEF) held their 7th Annual Construction Career Day at their campus located in Irving near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. As in past years, over 1400 high school juniors and seniors representing 41 high schools from regions 10 and 11 in the north Texas area were led in groups of 12-15 students throughout the CEF complex where they were exposed to different crafts, exhibits, and employment opportunities available in the construction industry.
This year included a local ABC Craft Championship Competition in the following trades:
- Sheet Metal
- Welding – Pipe
- Welding – Structural
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced that a construction consortium including DynaTen, Polk Mechanical, and TDIndustries has partnered with North Lake College and CEF to provide job training using a $1,933,178 Skills Development Fund grant from TWC. This grant will be used to provide customized training in commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning services, blueprint reading, pipefitting, plumbing, sheet metal, welding and construction contracts. Trainees will include sheet metal workers, plumbers, pipefitters, welders, material handlers, building technicians and general helpers.
The Construction Career Day would not be possible without the 96 volunteers from the industry and the 84 sponsors and exhibitors who provided hands-on demonstrations for the students.
The Construction Education Foundation, Inc. is a self-supporting foundation with widespread participation, providing the finest in construction industry training. The purpose of Construction Education Foundation is to provide the construction industry the most qualified, technically trained people at all levels. CEF of North Texas partners with Northlake College, NCCER, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the North American Crane Bureau to deliver educational opportunities in the skilled trades.