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High School Construction Career Day a Success

On Wednesday, March 20th, Construction Career Day was held on the Warren High School campus in San Antonio, Texas – the site of Northside Independent School District’s Construction Careers Academy.  Over 350 students from high schools around NISD attended the one day event.  Overall, 450 students, instructors, and industry contractors were in attendance.

There were 30 construction contractors at the event demonstrating their tools and equipment.  Demonstrations included wall building, surveying, electrical wiring, plumbing, welding, and tool-use competitions.

Each student who attended received a hard hat, a T-shirt, and safety glasses.  Additionally, over $2,000 worth of tools were given away at the event.  At the job fair area of the event, contractors actively recruited qualified students for summer and full-time employment.

NISD has realized that there will be an increased demand for skilled construction workers in the future.  The baby boomers that hold a majority of the positions in the industry are quickly reaching retirement age.  When they retire, the need to fill their positions will be enormous.

NISD and a few friends from the industry already have plans to expand the event next year.  The 2013-2014 Construction Career Day will be a city-wide event with a target number of 1,100 students and overall attendance of more than 1,200.

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