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More than 2,000 High School Students and Educators Attend Construction Trades Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 2,000 students from across the Sacramento area converged on Cal Expo today to learn more about what a career in construction could mean for them. The students came from 44 participating high schools in the region, many from construction trade and vocational programs. 

“I’m definitely excited about exploring a construction job,” said Rachel M., a senior enrolled in the Pleasant Grove High School IDEA Academy. “We got to use our hands and literally build something today.”

The event, co-hosted by the Associated General Contractors of California Construction Education Foundation and the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation, is one of the largest construction workforce events in the state. 50 businesses, associations and organizations representing all areas of the construction industry attended providing hands-on demonstrations, providing recruitment information and highlighting possibilities for career paths in the industry.

“We’re here as a presenting sponsor because we believe in empowering the future construction workforce,” said Erin Volk, vice president of Workforce and Community Development at AGC of California. “Unfortunately, construction jobs face a perception issue. We’re working to change that, especially as construction workforce needs continue to grow.”

According to AGC of America, California construction companies are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions. 78% of construction firms in the state report this challenge, up from 62% last year. A significant majority of California construction firms think it will become harder over the next 12 months. 

The Trades Day event introduced students to a variety of career opportunities in the industry including: building, heavy equipment, engineering and more to provide direct recruitment and placement opportunities for organizations participating in the event. Local businesses like Teichert, Otto Construction and Royal Electric all participated in an effort to reach students and encourage entry into the field.

“It’s all about reaching these kids while they’re still in high school and planting the seeds about how a career in construction can lead to a lifetime of success,” said Joe Bean, employment and development specialist from Teichert. “Events like this offer us the opportunity to encourage students to explore a field they might not have considered before.”

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