Toledo Public Schools has once again partnered with the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio (AGC of NW Ohio) to offer a summer Construction Camp for students who are interested in the fields associated with construction.

Last week, 25 students from high schools across the district visited local jobsites to learn more about what it takes to become a successful skilled tradesperson.

Mary Gregory, executive vice president of the AGC of NW Ohio, knows how important it is to engage students early so they get a true understanding of the construction field.

“Experts have declared that for every 10 jobs that are currently available, one requires an applicant to have a master’s degree or higher, two require a bachelor’s degree and the remaining seven jobs require credentials and skills that are better developed in practical programs such as an apprenticeship, a two-year associate degree or certificate program,” Ms. Gregory says.

Students toured several local construction sites including the new ProMedica Toledo Hospital Generations Tower project, the Mercy Health Partner Oncology project and two renovation jobs at Bowling Green State University.

These visits featured jobsite tours and lunch with crew members, as well as hands-on construction activities. The goal was to help interested students understand the math and science skills, as well as the mechanical aptitude, needed for these jobs.

Don Huss, secretary/treasurer of Ohio/Kentucky Bricklayers Local 3, helped coordinate the Construction Camp visits and projects.

“It requires many industry resources to offer construction jobsite visits to high school students,” Mr. Huss explained. “The more students and educators are exposed to the vast number of career paths available in the construction industry, the more local skilled tradespeople we can develop.”

Posted on June 9, 2016