High school students from the Student Opportunity Center (SOC) joined 1,200 students from around Dallas-Fort Worth for Construction Career Day. During this exciting interactive event, students interacted with hands-on stations, break-out sessions and had the opportunity to learn from professionals who shared their stories of success in the construction field.
Construction Career Day is a one-day event organized by the Construction Education Foundation of North Texas and was held at the DFW Training Center in Irving. Students had the opportunity to interact with over 70 exhibitors to learn about various opportunities in the construction trade including general contracting, mechanical, electrical and plumbing sub contracting and finance.
Mark Matthews, SOC Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics teacher, explained that sometimes students do not realize that there are multiple ways to achieve their goals.
“Lots of presenters emphasized that someone can get started in a construction career and make decent money right from the beginning with a number of ways to move up in the profession,” Matthews said. “The more avenues and opportunities students are presented, the better it is for them, especially with careers as recession-proof as construction.”
Texas has an ongoing high-demand for craft labor including sheet metal workers, carpenters and heavy equipment operators.
The unofficial bird of North Texas is the crane, based on the number of construction cranes that can be seen on any given commute in the area.
“At the SOC, we take pride in providing our students with unique experiences that are aligned with our FISD campus goals pertaining to college and career readiness,” said Lisa Vernon, coordinator of student and family services.
Students had an opportunity to converse and learn from Brasfield & Gorrie, the general contractor for the Hyatt Regency Stonebriar, an 18-story 303-room hotel under construction at Stonebriar Mall.
“At Brasfield & Gorrie, we want to expose young people to a career that provides growth and opportunities,” said John Sharp, Brasfield & Gorrie superintendent. “It’s all about making your career what you want it to be and Frisco students have a unique opportunity.”
Students had the opportunity to see numerous trades in action including: HVAC, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, welding, pipe fitting and many more.
“The Construction Career Day is something everyone should experience,” said a freshman at Lone Star High School. “I was able to see a ton of career options and connect with people that I can follow up with later. They are willing to train us and pay for us to get certified in lots of areas. I’m really glad I came.”
Frisco ISD strives to support future-ready learners and prepare them for careers in various pathways.