FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 24, 2022) – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC Florida) is proud to join the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Federal Highway Administration and others to host the South Florida Construction Career Days for area high school students on October 25-26 at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie, Florida.
Florida is growing, and the demand for qualified construction workers is growing as well. The Construction Career Days (CCD) provides students from Broward, Miami-Date and Palm Beach County an opportunity to see the variety of transportation industry careers, including project management, environmental management, road design and construction, traffic management, driving safety, asphalt and concrete operations, as well as work in the trades, including electrical, landscaping and road crew specialties.
“This is an exciting, hands-on opportunity for students to have fun and have an opportunity to operate equipment used daily in designing, building and maintaining Florida’s roads and bridges,” said Allen Douglas, Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida.
Students attending CCD will be exposed to 21 different Learning Labs, four Career Center Labs and 16 operational and static equipment stations.
As FDOT District Four Secretary Gerry O’Reilly shared, students will have an opportunity to climb into and operate equipment, go up in bucket trucks, pilot aerial drones, and see how the industry employs the tools used to design, build and maintain Florida’s roads and bridges.
Thanks to the contributions of FDOT industry partners, the South Florida Construction Career Days also grants several scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have a genuine interest in transportation fields. There are two categories of scholarships available: Vocational/Apprenticeship Scholarship & College Scholarship.
This marks the 20th Construction Career Days in South Florida, making the South Florida CCD the longest running one in the state. This event is not open to the public and is reserved for participating schools. News media are welcome and should RSVP to Guillermo Canedo, 954-777-4302 or Guillermo.Canedo@dot.state.fl.us.
A ribbon cutting ceremony with local elected officials is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at 7:45 a.m.
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