Students consider a future in building

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) –  If your teenager is contemplating a career, construction could be the answer. Hundreds of Siouxland high school students spent the day learning about what the construction industry has to offer. 

“It’s pretty cool because we get to try out all these new things that most kids don’t even know that they could attend to in a career,” said Haley Kaiser from East High.

These Siouxland high school students are learning what their future could look like, in the construction industry. 

“The kids are our future and we got to keep the kids in Siouxland to keep Siouxland growing and one way we are going to do that is by having events like build my future for these young people to come out and see what is available in Siouxland to keep them here and have them raise their families,” said Kent Grange, the director of business development for Thompson Electric.

“Workforce is one of the biggest if not the biggest issue that we face as the home-owning industry, in general, are we are not the only ones that are feeling the crunch kind of if that’s what you want to call it for the lack of available workers out there that have the skills that we need,” said Brandon Patterson, one of the organizers.

Some of the students said they were inspired by the event.

“Maybe welding or something with construction, I’m grateful to get all this new interest,” said Kaiser.

“Just because you are working in manufacturing or construction trades, we are high tech we are using scanners and we are 3D modeling everything and so the technology is there that we are using and so that is what we are trying to get across to the kids,” said Grange. 

Organizers of the Build My Future event say they’ll continue to work to recruit young adults into the construction industry. They say Iowa’s future depends on it.

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