Alaska Hosts Construction Career Day Events Throughout the State
This blog post was originally published on Breaking Ground: the NCCER Blog, and was re-posted with permission.
Because of Alaska’s vast geography, it is hard to have just one construction career day, so we host multiple events across different regions. For the past nine years, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ Civil Rights Office has hosted the annual Alaska Construction Career Day at Palmer Fairgrounds. Middle and high school students from throughout Southcentral Alaska – which includes the cities of Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla, Valdez and Houston – attend the event to explore various construction career opportunities. This year’s event is expected to have 1,000 students in attendance. Students have the opportunity to meet with apprenticeship coordinators, postsecondary representatives and local construction companies to ask questions and learn about career opportunities in the industry.
- An outdoor station for welding, scissor lift operation, fall protection and mixer truck operation
- An indoor station for making small bird house and miniature saw horses
- A simulator station with heavy equipment, painting and welding simulators
Since the first Alaska Construction Career day took place in 2006, it has expanded in size and location. The Kenai Peninsula and Southeast Alaska regions each host Alaska Construction Career Day events every other year, with the Southeast Alaska event focusing on maritime construction career opportunities. This year, we added an event in Seward, Alaska, which also focuses on maritime construction and multi-skilled maritime craft professions.
The Alaska Construction Career Day provides a worthwhile opportunity for students who may not have the ability to take career and technical education courses in school to learn about careers in construction. The average age of a construction worker in the state of Alaska is 54, and events like these help industry become more involved in recruiting youth to construction careers.
We wouldn’t be able to have such a successful event if it wasn’t for industry support from AKA Hauling & Plow, AATCA, Alaska Army National Guard, Alaska Industrial Hardware, Alaska Job Corps, Alaska Laborers Training School, AOEETT, Alaska Pacific Rental, Alaska State Fairgrounds, Alaska Regional Council of Carpenters Local 2520, Alaska Teamster, Alaska Works, Anchorage Sand & Gravel, Anchorage School District, AVTEC, Blacque Ice Productions, Construction Education Foundation Inc., DOLWD, DOLWD Mat-Su Job Center, Mat-Su School District, Military Youth Academy, NECA IBEW, Northern Industrial Training, Painters & Allied Trades Joint Apprenticeship and Training, Red Box, SACTC, Safety Inc./Zee Medical, Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship Program, Subway of Mat-Su and University of Alaska Mat-Su College.
About the Author
Mandy Beaulieu is the training director for Construction Education Foundation, Inc. Alaska/Associated General Contractors of Alaska. She works closely with school districts, construction academies and post secondary training institutions throughout Alaska. Mandy moved to Alaska from Florida in 2005 and graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with her bachelor’s degree in English education in 2010. Mandy came to CEF/AGC in 2010 and has been the training director since 2013. She is also the treasurer for the Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education association.