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Students get firsthand look at promising construction careers

More than 500 students from 19 school districts around the Broome-Tioga region took part in a day-long event October 7 to learn firsthand what awaits them in the construction career field.

The Southern Tier Construction Career Day was conducted at the Broome County Highway Department facility in Chenango Bridge and featured exhibits by a variety of organizations and schools associated with the construction industry as well as trade displays and heavy equipment demonstrations. For many students, the hands-on experience included the opportunity for supervised operation of equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes and dump trucks.

Construction Career Day is designed to introduce high school students to the career opportunities and unlimited potential for advancement within the construction industry. While geared toward 11th- and 12th-grade students, 10th-graders were also welcome (participants needed to be at least 16 years old to operate the equipment).

The event is organized by a consortium of groups, including the New York State Department of Transportation, the Broome County Highway Department, Broome-Tioga Workforce New York, Broome-Tioga BOCES and several local companies and trade unions involved in the construction industry.

The program is supported by the NYSDOT, IBM Endicott, Broome-Tioga BOCES’ School-to-Careers Partnership and local businesses that have provided donations to assist in covering the costs associated with this event. There is no cost to the schools.