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Construction Career Day shows prospective students job possibilities

Students from high schools around the Omaha area tried their hand at operating machinery, learned about trades job opportunities and met industry professionals at Metropolitan Community College’s Construction Career Day on Oct. 4

Construction Career Day, held at the Fort Omaha Campus allows high school students to get a glimpse of the trades programs at MCC and what their futures would be like if they choose a career in the industry. Nearly 400 students were present at this year’s event.

“We want students to get a taste of all the opportunities with the trades,” said Aubrey Schuurmans, MCC Career and Technical Education Industry coordinator. 

Students have the opportunity to talk to professionals in the trades fields and learn what they could do. Participating businesses included Kiewit Corporation, Enterprise Properties, Roto Rooter, Valmont Industries and more. Thirty industry partners participated this year, Schuurmans says, setting aside a whole day to interact with students.

“We have incredible industry partners who could give us their entire day,” she said. “We’re very grateful.”

All students were able to talk to the 30 companies and partners present. Many also got to try their hand at operating an excavator in the Construction Education Center parking lot, provided by National Utility Contractors Association of Nebraska.

“The Construction Career Day hosted by MCC allows construction professionals to engage with students and introduce them to many career paths and opportunities,” said Janet Seelhoff, executive director of NUCA of Nebraska. “We appreciate the opportunity for our members to provide high school students with hands-on experience as they operate mini excavators and our member share their personal experiences about working in a dynamic underground utility construction industry.”

To learn more about the trades programs at MCC, visit mccneb.edu/construction.