Posted: February 22, 2016
Last modified: January 19, 2017
Central Florida high school students turned out in large numbers for Construction Career Days to learn about opportunities in construction and transportation and try their hand at operating heavy machinery.
“I think this is amazing,” said Madelin Zubricky, a student at West Orange High School. “I wanted to learn more about construction, especially carpentry.” Zubricky especially enjoyed trying out many of the hand tools and heavy machinery. “The more you know, the better,” she said.
A total of 1,428 students from 46 high schools in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties explored 34 Learning Labs, 12 Exhibitor Booths and had a chance to operate several pieces of equipment during the two-day event at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando.
The 16th Annual Construction Career Days, hosted by industry partners and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) , gave juniors and seniors from Central Florida high schools a chance to learn about job opportunities, ranging from hands-on construction to computer-based engineering.
In addition, students interested in those fields have a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to put toward schooling or training. Up to six students – one from each of the participating counties – will be selected as winners. For more information, visit: http://ccdfl.com/scholarships/scholarship-central.php
“Construction Career Days is a great way to introduce the builders of tomorrow to our industry,” said Dee Zinck, FDOT’s District Construction Administrative Manager and Construction Career Days Co-Chair.
Brandhon Sweeney, a student at Winter Park High School, said it was exciting to learn about various career paths in engineering and to try out some of the computer programs. “It opens your mind.”
The students were accompanied by career specialists from their schools and a total of 176 chaperones during the two-day event. Two co-chairs and approximately 25 committee members started planning the event six months in advance. Each day about 130 volunteers guided the students to their assigned labs and nearly 30 equipment operators supervised those who wanted to try out the equipment.