Over 1,000 Detroit Public School Students Attend 2nd Annual Construction Science Expo
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Posted by: tkunaiyi
With the controls of a mini excavator in hand, students from several area high schools proudly announced: "This is exactly what I plan on doing after graduation!"
These students were among over 1,000 others from the Detroit Public Schools who signed a drug-free pledge and were invited to participate in the Construction Science Expo today at the A. Philip Randolph Career Technical Center in Detroit. The expo was organized by the Michigan Design & Construction Coalition to promote a drug-free educational experience and highlight construction careers as an option for students once they graduate from high school.
"Exposing the youth of today to the vast opportunities in the heavy/highway construction industry is a key part of building the skilled workforce of tomorrow," said Douglas E. Needham, P.E., chairman of the coalition, and vice president of industry relations for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. "As youth prepare for life after high school, we want them to know that the construction industry is not just dirt and shovels; we have progressed over the past 30 years and become high tech. The days of only working a shovel all day are long gone."
During the Expo, students were exposed to inside and outside construction and engineering hands-on demonstrations, including the operation of a forklift, mini-excavator and electrical lift truck. In addition, they participated in plumbing, carpentry, electronics, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning demos. Unions involved in the event included the following: Bricklayers Local 1, Carpenters, IBEW Locals 58 & 17, Ironworkers Local 25, Operating Engineers Local 324, Laborers Training Center and Local 1191, Pipe Fitters Local 636, Plasters Local 67, Plumbers Local 98, Sprinklerfitters Local 704 and Sheet Metal Workers Local 80.
The Expo was a result of a partnership that included the construction industry, the Black Caucus Foundation of Detroit, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Detroit Public Schools (DPS).
"The event was a testament to the positive partnerships and relationships that exist between the construction industry, the Black Caucus Foundation of Detroit, MDOT and DPS," Needham said. "We plan to make this an annual event for many years to come.”
For more information, contact Needham at 517-347-8336 or Carol Weaver, with the Detroit Public Schools, at 313-409-3449.
Michigan Design and Construction Coalition Members:
A. Philip Randolph Career Technical Center, American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan, American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Chapter, Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan, Michigan Concrete Association, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, Michigan Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust Funds, and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324.
Construction Science Expo Sponsors:
• Michigan Department of Transportation
• The Black Caucus Foundation
• Michigan Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust Funds
• International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324
• Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
• Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan
• Michigan Concrete Association
• American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan
• American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Chapter