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Career Fairs

Massachusetts Construction Career Days (MassCCD)
2009 Massachusetts Event
May 5 - 7
New England Laborers' Training Academy
Hopkinton, MA

More than 1,800 high school students will attend the 7th Annual Massachusetts Construction Career Days (MassCCD) to learn about job opportunities in the industry, including the construction, engineering and environmental fields with both union and open-shop companies. The industry faces a shortage of young, qualified workers and MassCCD was created to help address this shortage and to educate high-school students about the wide range of career opportunities available in the construction industry. The event shows students that construction is a great profession - whether their interests lie in math, carpentry, mechanics or science - and that the industry offers rewarding, high-paying jobs.

Exhibitors at MassCCD include construction and related companies, vendors, equipment dealers, labor unions, apprentice programs, colleges, engineers and others. The exhibitors donate their time, equipment and in some cases operators, but beyond that there is no cost to exhibit. This event is a great way to work with state government and industry partners to attract a future work force.

At the event, students will learn how to operate backhoes, excavators, jackhammers, pavers, etc. and participate in concrete finishing, welding, cutting and burning, electrical work, carpentry, laying brick and block, surveying, field engineering and take part in other hands-on activities. For the second time, there will also be a series of design challenges, this year including: Design, Construction, and a Universal component (completed by student volunteers prior to the event). Three monetary prizes will be awarded to the schools achieving the most points per student.

Volunteers from exhibitor companies and the operators that staff the exhibits can talk to the students about the skills, training and professionalism they have used to succeed. Students also receive information on colleges, trade schools and certification programs that serve the construction industry. The event gives students the opportunity to learn about the careers in the industry that interest them the most and the scholarships available to help them achieve their goals.

For more information about Massachusetts Construction Career Days and additional details on how to exhibit, contact:
Chris Ahmadjian
(508) 751-2198 cell
ahmadjia@ecs.umass.edu

Dean Alexandrou
(617) 279-5133 cell
(508) 929-3917 office
dean.alexandrou@mhd.state.ma.us