For Immediate Release - May 04, 2011

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION HIGHLIGHTS YOUTH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT CONSTRUCTION CAREER DAYS

Construction, Engineering, Environmental Careers Attract Students

Construction Career Days

HOPKINTON -- Wednesday, May 4, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined representatives of the construction, engineering, and environmental industries, labor leaders, and more than 1,200 high school students at the 9th annual Massachusetts Construction Career Days at the New England Laborers' Training Academy in Hopkinton.

Construction Career Days brings high school juniors and seniors together with leaders of the construction-related industries, which are facing a future shortage of qualified workers.

"It is truly inspiring to see some of our best students from across the Commonwealth come together to learn first-hand about great career opportunities," said Governor Patrick. "These are skilled jobs needing qualified applicants that will be done right here in Massachusetts for decades to come."

Construction Career Days attracts companies, vendors, equipment dealers, labor unions, apprentice programs, and colleges, working with federal and state government partners to showcase for students the opportunities in careers that typically combine knowledge of math and science with an interest in mechanics and hands-on skills. Students learn from the experts how to operate machinery such as backhoes and jackhammers, perform electrical and carpentry work, and conduct surveying and field engineering.

"We need to continue to find ways to demonstrate how students can apply math and science skills in high-demand industries, including those that are construction-related," said Lieutenant Governor Murray, who chairs the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. "Today's conference provides students with real world applications used within a variety of industries, and will be a great resource for students as they consider workforce training and future career opportunities."

Students also receive information on colleges, trade schools and certification programs that serve the construction industry.

"I am proud to be part of this year's Massachusetts Construction Career Days," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. "The construction industry is essential to growing our state's economy and today's event is a great opportunity for young people to be trained in an industry that is facing a shortage of young, qualified workers. Construction offers rewarding jobs at good wages, and I hope many of the young people here today decide to enter this growing and evolving industry."

"MassDOT is pleased to join our government and industry partners in sponsoring this outstanding career exploration opportunity for hundreds of high school students," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeffrey Mullan. "As the Governor and Lieutenant Governor have committed to rebuilding our neglected infrastructure, we know there will be significant need for construction trades workers, engineers, and skilled employees to fill challenging positions."

Sponsors of the Career Days Event include the Federal Highway Administration, Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, New England Laborers Training Academy, Massachusetts Aggregate & Asphalt Producers Association, Massachusetts Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association, Operating Engineers Training Center, and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section.

Massachusetts Construction Careers Days information is available on the web at www.engineers.org/massccd.

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