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Students Attend Different Type of Career Day

When most people think career fair we think business suits, meetings, and interviews but today students experienced a different type of career fair... one with hard hats, trucks and work boots.

Tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders from all over Broome, Tioga and Cortland counties were introduced to the construction industry at The Southern Tier's Construction Career Day held at the Broome County Public Works Facility.
 
"It's a great opportunity for our kids to do one stop shopping for everything if they want to get into this type of work," James Mullins of Broome Tioga Boces said. 

About twenty different businesses and trade unions set up shop and not only talked to students about construction work but showed them.
 
All students had the chance to get hands on experience of what it's like working in the construction industry including going up on and 
operating this lift bucket.
 
"It's important now more than ever for us to start encouraging students of today to be interested in careers in construction and everything that goes with construction," Jack Williams Regional Director of NYSDOT said.

The average age of an operator or highway worker is 51 and the industry may be seeing a shortage of more than two hundred and fifty thousand workers over the next ten years.

"In New York State Construction is a big industry and it's very key to keep our infrastructure going, to keep our economy going," Jim Flint of Dig Safety NY said.

Students learned about  different construction jobs that can be done with a high school diploma, a two year degree, and a four year degree.
 
"They're jobs that no body really talks about but you know doctors will get a lot of credit, firefighters, police officers, teachers, but these if we didn't have them we wouldn't have our bridges we wouldn't have our roads," Tyler Kirby a CV Senior, said.

So whether students trade in those business clothes for hard hats or not they most certainly have a new understanding and appreciation for the construction industry.



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