High school students receive hands-on road construction training in Tampa

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Close to 1,000 high schools students will be treated to a hands-on, interactive glimpse into the construction industry during the Tampa Bay Construction Career Day, Feb. 21, 2019 at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds.

During the event, students have the opportunity to operate heavy machinery and learn about bridge construction, paving, concrete, traffic control, engineering and more. Students will be introduced to the large number of career paths available in the transportation, structural, engineering and building industries. Students learn firsthand about construction careers and interact with representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), engineering firms, contractors and various consultants involved in all aspects of the transportation industry.

Tampa Bay Construction Career Day is hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Federal Highway Administration, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA) and other industry leaders. The event teaches students about career opportunities in the transportation industry and spotlights companies committed to opening doors for the next generation.

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“Construction is booming here in Tampa Bay,” Jill Cappadoro, program manager for FDOT’s OnBoard4Jobs Construction Careers program, said in a statement. “We have billions of dollars of construction activity lined up for the next decade, and FDOT is committed to creating a pipeline of workforce and long-term economic opportunities.

“Construction Career Days is a fun, monumental event for these high school students. We’re introducing them to careers in great demand, have substantial benefits, and add tremendous value to their communities.”

Organizers anticipate students to attend from dozens of high schools throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Polk and Hardee counties. Participating companies include: Ajax Paving, Crisdel Group, HNTB, H2R Corp, Linder Industrial Machinery, Nelson Construction, Pepper Contracting, Quest Corporation of America, Inc., Suncoast Utility Contractors Association, Sunshine 811, Synergy Rents, Technical Sales Corporation, Universal Engineering Sciences and more.

“Construction Career Day is a unique opportunity for high school students to experience and explore careers in the transportation construction industry,” said Penny Danielecki. “This event allows our industry to showcase the many career choices for young people of all backgrounds and skill levels.”

“The Tampa Bay Construction Career Day has proven to be an excellent opportunity for Pepper Contracting to meet and connect with our future workforce,” said Gary Justice, senior vice-president with Pepper Contracting. “Through this event, we have been able to interview and extend employment opportunities to some of these fine young men and women as they prepare for their next phase of life beyond high school.”

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