King County Construction Career Day 2016

Educating and inspiring the next generation toward construction careers

This October, more than 500 high-school students and educators spent a day learning about the multiple construction-career pathways available to them in a practical, engaging format. More than ever before, King County Construction Career Day was a collaborative, connected effort of volunteer support from all sides of the construction industry. School programs, construction firms, trades training organizations, young professionals and more came together to showcase the construction industry through three main attractions: hands-on heavy equipment; interactive indoor exhibits; and a tour of the University of Washington’s Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC). Thanks to your generous support and passion for the construction industry’s future, the following program enhancements were made possible this past year.

Future Leadership Forum (FLF) support
Students experienced each exhibit with the help of AGC’s Future Leadership Forum (FLF) “ambassadors” – young professionals who volunteered to lead groups through each portion of the event. Ambassadors introduced high-school students to the various pathways into construction careers and offered unique insight into the day’s attractions.

UW-PACE partnership
This year, the UW’s Construction Management program partnered with the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education (PACE) program to showcase the dynamic CERC facility. UW teachers and students gave an interactive presentation on emerging technology used every day in the field in the Virtual Construction Lab, followed by PACE apprentices providing hands-on demonstrations in the Methods and Materials Lab. The partnership introduced participants to the industry’s varied educational pathways and championed a relevant example of industry-wide collaboration.