Being involved with local schools is probably the most important part of the entire Construction Week campaign when you consider that the main goal is to educate students, parents, teachers and counselors about the opportunities for great careers in construction after high school graduation. As a contractor, think of Construction Week as a reminder to get involved with your local school districts, or even a reason to start a program for those of you that are not currently involved with local schools.
Contact local school counselors, or other contacts you may have, to see if they would be interested in having your company get involved with students to teach them about the opportunities in the construction industry. We have compiled a list of all Iowa high school AND middle school guidance counselors and have it available for download in the Construction Week resources section. The list is separated for middle schools and high schools and each list includes the name, phone number, mailing address and email address for each counselor. (There are a few that we weren’t able to get our hands on.)
Here is a list of things you could offer a school in order to bring construction to life for students:
- Volunteer as a guest speaker in the classroom or after school program
- Participate in K-12 career fairs
- Offer mentoring
- Offer job site tours
- Invite a student or students on a job shadow
- Bring students to your office
- Donate extra building materials to a school program
- Place construction-related ads in school newsletters and/or at sporting events
If you are located in Iowa and would like more information on how to get involved with your local school district, register for a free webinar, Building Your Workforce Pipeline, which will be held on September 13, 2017 from 9:00 – 10:00 am. This webinar will provide tips for speaking to classrooms, how to get the most out of the www.BuildIowa.org website and how to maximize the tools that MBI has put together, as well as tips for effectively working with young people.
More than a week-long event, Construction Week is a year-round commitment to raise awareness of the vast opportunities available in the construction industry, and as an industry, we can work together to make a difference.
Please join us in celebrating Construction Week October 2 – 6, 2017!