Build My Future to Expose Corridor Students to Construction

The following article was originally published by the Corridor Business Journal on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Close to 160 students from 10 junior highs and middle schools in Eastern Iowa will attend the first-annual Build My Future-ACE Career Day & Industry Showcase on Tuesday at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.  Hosted by the ACE Sector Board, the event will give seventh and eighth-grade students an opportunity to spend a day in the construction industry through an interactive showcase. Hands-on learning labs will be led by volunteers from area construction companies, including construction industry practices, such as carpentry, plumbing, heavy equipment, masonry, drywall and more. There also will be educational displays and equipment operations. “Perhaps the biggest challenge for builders and general contractors right now is the lack of skilled workers,” ACE Sector Board member Tim Ruth, of McCreedy-Ruth Construction, said in a press release. “Informing students about the construction trade while they’re in junior high allows them time to learn more about the field, find what peaks their interests and explore throughout high school how it can be a viable choice for them. Our hope is in the end they will go into the field.” The Build My Future is the second of four such events being held across Iowa this spring, supported by $10,000 grant from the National Association of Home Builders. The Quad Cities Home Builders and Remodelers Association held the first March 7, while the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Des Moines and the HBA of Greater Siouxland will host theirs on April 17 and 25, respectively.