Close to 430 students from thirteen high school technical centers in Vermont gathered at the Montpelier training center of the Associated General Contractors of Vermont on May 16, 2018 for the biannual Construction Career Day event. The day went off without a hitch. The sun shined, students participated in all options, employers were engaged and enjoyed the interaction with the students. They had opportunities for several hands-on experiences from operating construction machinery to experiencing workplace safety issues such as impaired and distracted driving.
Project RoadSafe Director, Aimee Ziter, headed up the event and states, “The event was a huge success with a great debt of gratitude owed to the equipment suppliers, the service vendors and the students who came from all corners of the state. The chance to see, touch and learn about a potential life career is invaluable.” College may not be either available or of interest to technical school students, in turn the AGC/VT career day event gives a close up look at what can be a very successful career.
Students attended from Barre Technical Center, Canaan North Country Career Center, and the Center for Technology in Essex, as well as Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg, Green Mountain Technical Center in Hyde Park, Hartford Area Career Center, Lyndon Institute, Randolph Technical Center, Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, St. Johnsbury Academy, Windham Regional Career Center, River Bend Career and Technical Center, and River Valley Technical Center.
One of the most important elements of AGC/VT is the education and training curriculum that covers nearly every aspect of workplace safety, both on the job site and on the highway. Construction Career Day is a major component of that program, focusing on the future leaders in the construction industry.
Several equipment suppliers and service vendors expressed appreciation for the event stating this year’s event had the most student attendance ever seen, a large interest to engage in all activities, and demonstrated a unique awareness of the potential in the future of the Vermont construction industry.
Governor Phil Scott also attended to sign a proclamation declaring May 16, 2018 as Careers in Construction Day, in Vermont. An excellent tribute to a very successful event!