Events — 12 September 2013

Some 1,000 junior and senior high school students will have the opportunity to learn about various skill trades and career professions from people who work in them every day. The Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky and Murray State University will partner to present the upcoming Construction Career Day within the western Kentucky construction industry.

Students, instructors and administrators connect with industry professionals within the skill trades and management through local, postsecondary degree and certification programs. Vendors provide hands-on activities within their trades and information about career opportunities.

The workforce development initiative is designed to offer young people the opportunity to see a variety of rewarding construction careers available at all levels of industry. That ranges from skilled trades such as carpenters, welders and heavy equipment operators to professions such as architects, engineers and construction management. It is estimated that the construction industry will need 2 million additional workers by 2017. Without encouragement to enter these fields, it’s very possible that a shortfall between needs and available workers will exist by then.

The career day will include hands-on activities such as operating a backhoe and mini-excavator, welding activities, climbing electrical poles with power linemen, driving a concrete trowel machine, sheet-metal bending, bricklaying, operating aerial and scissor lifts, operating a soil tamping machine, scaffold building, jack hammering concrete and more.

Participating businesses include the Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky, Murray State University’s department of industrial and engineering technology, the Regional Outreach Council of Murray State University, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, the Paducah Area Construction Advancement Foundation, McKeel Equipment Company, Pinnacle Inc., Jim Smith Contracting Company, and a number of vendors.

Students participating represent some 16 vocational high schools that serve 25 western Kentucky counties.

The one-day event is scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the MSU’s William Cherry Expo Center. It’s located in Murray at 2101 College Farm Road, across from Calloway County High School. Media representatives are welcome and encouraged to visit and cover this event that provides positive professional possibilities to a large number of young people.

An ideal time for reporters to visit is 10 a.m. that day; however, they are welcome at any time, all according to Chris Nelson, of the AGC of Western Kentucky. To learn more, phone him at 270.744.6261, call his cell phone at 270.556.9047, fax him at 270.744.9522 or email him at cnelson@agcwky.org.

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