NORFOLK, NE — Early Tuesday Northeast Community College played host to a number of construction based employers including Nebraska Department of Roads, Midlands contracting and the Federal Highway Administration for a construction career day.
The College was one of 6 locations across the state to offer students a chance to explore the various areas of construction.
Each station has hands on activities and information for students to get a diverse glimpse of the construction field and job opportunities. The big issue in Nebraska is the need to expand the work force. There are a lot of construction and manufacturing companies that have jobs available but can’t find people to fill them.
The Dean of the Applied Technology Department, Lyle Kathol says, “The lack of information and lack of actual experience in the field by young people is our downside. We really don’t have much exposure till they get to the college level…it’s a challenge now to get students to a higher levels of the construction trade without some kind of background were trying to give them little bit of background and exposed them to the careers so they know wants out there.”
Similar to technology jobs, construction jobs will always be available.
The college also just completed an expansion of the program and added additional lab space. “We focus on a lot of hands on training and the employers are here today to look at the career and talk about the student potential in the job market and about our programs here in northeast.” Kathol says.
The great thing about having a career in construction is the fact there will always be jobs in the field. Executive Director of the Nebraska building chapter, Jean Petsch says, “if theres no construction or renovation there is always deconstruction so there is always a lifestyle in constructions.”