June 15th, 2012

Construction Industry Encourages Future Generation to Build a Career in Construction

RAPID CITY, SD – Over the years Construction Awareness Days (CAD) has taken different forms in different locations around South Dakota, but the goal has remained the same. Across the country the construction workforce is dwindling as skilled trades people retire, not to be replaced. CAD is one way to promote careers in construction to the next generation.

Around 150 students from across the region will join the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota during their annual Construction Awareness Days on September 18, 2012 at Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City.

AGC member firms, workers and other construction contractors will provide hands on activities for students to learn more about the career opportunities in the construction field. Students will get to try their hand at navigating construction equipment, take part in a skills course, electrical station, surveying, estimating and a session on the South Dakota Department of Education’s SD MyLife website.

“Construction is a complex field with ample opportunity for people with diverse skill and experience. Careers in construction are as diverse as the projects built by these talented teams. Construction Awareness Days will give students a taste of the many opportunities available to them in the construction industry." said, Ben Holst, AGC Safety & Training Coordinator.

The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs through the afternoon. Rapid City Mayor Kooiker and area legislators will attend the welcome and may participate in a few activities early in the day.

Construction Career Awareness Day is sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota, and its members. A similar event will take place in Aberdeen on September 25, 2012 at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

The AGC of South Dakota is a voluntary trade association of more than 500 contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors and service firms who perform the majority of non – residential construction in South Dakota.