Thursday, March 22, 2012

Students Glimpse Future Careers at LA Trade Tech’s Construction Awareness Day

About 3,000 high school and community college students today are learning about building bridges, operating sign trucks and backhoes, constructing solar energy systems and much more at the fourth annual Construction and Associated Careers Awareness Day now underway at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Forty industry representatives, union leaders and construction professionals are on hand to talk with students attending the day-long event, which is sponsored by the Caltrans, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Community College District and California Community Connection Corporation.

This unique event enhances students’ classroom training and provides them a glimpse of possible future careers. They’re introduced to technical careers including carpentry, plumbing, welding, solar energy, electrical, heating and air conditioning, pipe trades, landscaping and paving. Construction-related careers include engineering, surveying, architecture, project management, construction financing and management, transportation construction and maintenance, and community development. The event features exhibits, heavy equipment demonstrations, a solar panel presentation and a virtual bridge building display.

Students have access to potential employers and employers have the opportunity to inspire future employees. Caltrans has a prominent presence at the event — and for good reason. The Department offers career opportunities in construction, management, maintenance, design, environmental analysis and planning.

This is an unprecedented time to get involved in infrastructure improvements. Caltrans presently has over 598 highway and freeway projects in construction across the state valued at $10.5 billion. In Los Angeles and Ventura counties, there are 98 ongoing contracts valued at nearly $1.8 billion.

Want to learn more about Caltrans? Check out the Department's website.