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WorkForce Central Hosts Largest Career Day in Washington State

2016 Construction Career Day Slated for November 17

Post Date:10/05/2016 9:19 AM

CONTACT: Linda Nguyen, 253.254.7607

 

TACOMA, WA – More than 2,000 local teens will work with welding tools and hammers instead of pens and paper when they attend Pierce County Career Day on November 17.

 

The annual Pierce County Career Day—presented by WorkForce Central’s Construction Partnership— brings together students, educators and employers to learn about career opportunities in the utility, construction, advanced manufacturing and transportation industries.

 

At the state’s largest career day, students from 40 schools will test their skills with carpentry, welding, electrical work and technical engineering, using math skills and deductive reasoning to solve real-world problems. They can drive backhoes and front-end loaders as well as compete with each other in computer simulations. The event takes place at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

 

Pierce County Career Day aims to open doors to career paths in multiple industries including the construction industry—the county’s fastest-growing industry. The annual event attracts more than 2,000 students to engage with community and technical colleges, apprenticeship programs and employers through more than 120 hands-on exhibits.

 

WorkForce Central’s Construction Partnership began in 2002 and is part of its sector strategy to address hiring needs in the construction industry. Industry sector strategies are the focus of this year’s Workforce Development Week—an effort led by the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors.  Use #wkdevweek to follow nationwide activities on Twitter.

 

WorkForce Central strengthens the Pierce County economy by identifying skill gaps between jobseekers and employment opportunities, fostering data-driven decision making, and connecting workforce development partners into a cohesive, collaborative and effective network.

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