A crowd of nearly 1,000 students and educators filled the Monroe County Fleet Center recently for a hands-on look at careers in construction and other trades. From masonry to electrical, Alfred State College (ASC) hosted displays and interactive exhibits to capture the attention of high school students beginning to consider their future job opportunities.
The need for more skilled workers makes this annual construction career day critical for many employers who are eager to hire. The promise of landing such a career after two years in an associate degree program can be very attractive to students.
“The Rochester career day is to give students the opportunity to explore construction-related skilled trades through hands-on activities,” stated Dr. Craig Clark, vice president of Economic Development at Alfred State. “The students know these careers are well paying and available in the region.”
At the 19th Annual Rochester Construction Career Day, students in grades 9-12 learned about rewarding careers in the construction industry including skilled trades, engineering, and management. Exhibitors from the construction industry, colleges, and employers talked with students about career paths and educational programs in fields including building trades, construction, electrical service, heavy equipment, HVAC, and masonry. All are available for students to study through two-year associate degree programs from ASC’s School of Applied Technology.
Dignitaries in attendance included: Monroe County Executive Chery Dinolfo, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, New York State Sen. Joe Robach, City of Rochester Councilman Michael Patterson, Monroe 1 BOCES Superintendent Dan White, and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci.
Alfred State, The Pike Company, LeChase Construction, LECESSE Construction, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local Union 276, and other companies and unions sponsored the construction career day.