AGC of America's 95 chapters have launched and participate in many innovative and comprehensive outreach programs and projects devoted to introducing the next generation to the many career opportunities available in commercial construction. The activities listed below represent a sample of those conducted by AGC chapters nationwide.
The Construction Career Days events are an industry-sponsored workforce development tool that introduce high school students to careers in the construction industry and support the pipeline that will provide the professionals of tomorrow. The Construction Career Days have proven highly successful in promoting the construction industry and the careers it offers to America's youth. Activities such as operating heavy equipment, welding, testing materials, surveying, crane simulators, and demonstrating the use of personal protective equipment, offer students a glimpse of the diversity of careers in the industry.
Attendees at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, construction career days event held December 2009, received a workbook that includes a great series of focused questions that students had to answer in order to be eligible for a raffle prize drawing. The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, was a major sponsor and contributor to the event, which attracted students from 15 schools. The booklet was produced by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, an educational service agency that models and promotes effective research-based practices in teaching and learning. For further information regarding this booklet, contact Daniel Paul at 412-394-5702, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Associated Construction Publications published an article in August 2007 discussing the Construction Career Days movement.
The Georgia Branch put together a long article with pictures of their recent event.
A packet of information put together by the New York State Statewide CCD Steering Committee includes an overview of the committee structure, activities and sample registration and evaluation forms.
The Arizona Construction Career Days Committee has a great student evaluation form.
Construction Career Days activities take place in dozens of states; some of which have set up dedicated websites:
Several AGC chapters have joined with other associations to form training and education foundations that engage in a variety of workforce development, educational outreach, and training programs.
Two AGC chapters, AGC of Kansas and Kansas Contractors Association, joined with the Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction and numerous companies to host the Kansas Construction Learning Center at the Kansas State Fair in September 2007. Over the 10-day fair, the coalition offered hands-on activities for kids of all ages and supplemental information for adults on careers in construction. The group has put together a copy of the business plan to help others interested in replicating the project.
This collective effort between The Builders Association, which is the AGC chapter in Chicago, the City Colleges of Chicago and community groups, offers pre-apprenticeship programs in carpentry, cement masonry, bricklaying, and plumbing. Read the article
Since 2004, the Wyoming Contractors Association's McMurry Training Center has provided training in truck driving, heavy equipment operation, and carpentry to more than 200 single moms. Read the article
The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, an AGC highway chapter, recently sponsored two weeklong construction camps for high school students. Learn more about it on the CAWP website.
The AGC of Washington Education Foundation Ready Set Build program is a two hour hands-on construction learning experience developed for 5th through 8th grade students. The Ready Set Build project is a life-size prefabricated coffee house that comes in pieces and students assemble in teams. The carpentry, teamwork, communication, and leadership tasks integrated into this project are designed to translate to real-life job skills.
The Oregon Building Congress, a joint venture of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter and other organizations, publishes a great magazine devoted to the construction-related opportunities throughout the region with articles on the ACE Academy and its summer programs, new craft training programs, programs for teachers, and much more.
The Ohio Highway Guy and his Ohio Construction Career Mobile are sponsored by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18, the Ohio Laborers Union, and the Ohio Construction Information Association (OCIA). The Ohio Highway Guy travels around Ohio to spread the word about the fantastic career opportunities in the construction industry.