Rocky Hill, CT – On May 2 and 3, CT ABC (Connecticut Associated Builders and Contractors) hosted its Seventh Annual Construction Pro Rodeo, which featured a construction career expo with approximately 1,200 high school juniors and seniors in attendance.
The construction industry came together to present this two-day event as a way to promote workforce development for high school students interested in careers in the construction industry. There were dozens of booths and interactive exhibits for the students to participate in hands-on learning experiences. There are currently 500,000 open jobs in the American construction industry, a number that is expected to climb to more than 1 million by 2020. We hope that by demonstrating what careers in construction have to offer, that CT ABC will help encourage students into rewarding careers in the trades.
In addition to the Career Days portion of the event, CT ABC’s training arm, the Construction Education Center (CEC), hosted its Annual Graduation ceremony in which 23 apprentices received a certificate to commemorate the completion of classroom hours towards their respective license.
These included masonry, fire protection, plumbing, sheet metal, carpentry, welding, and many more. There were live equipment demonstrations using excavators, cranes, skid steers, and other large pieces of construction equipment.
It is CT ABC’s hope that this event showcased possible career paths for these students to help develop the next generation of skilled tradesmen.