Hundreds of Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Fulton County students are finding out what it takes to work in the construction industry. More than 11-hundred eighth grade students are attending the 16th annual Construction Industry Career Expo in Peoria this week.
The event allows participants to work in different trade crafts through hands-on experience. That includes wiring an outlet, placing plaster on a wall, and getting in the driver’s seat of a Caterpillar backhoe. Susan Sherwood is the Coordinator at Peoria Education for Employment. The regional group helps organize the annual event.
“It’s not just about educating students about careers that they may be interested in, but about careers that their parents may have, or their friends may have, or their next door neighbor. I feel like we’re successful if these students go home and see a construction worker working on a project, and have greater respect for the job that he does or she does then they did when we started this morning.”
Sherwood says students also learned what types of skills they should receive to pursue a career path in construction and building trades. The Construction Industry Expo continues through Friday.