As more people visit or relocate to the State of Florida, the need for qualified
construction workers grows. Everything from roadways to homes and shopping centers
are necessary to support the increasing population. The construction of each requires
skilled workers, yet the numbers of those entering the field is dwindling.
In order to increase the number of workers in the construction industry,
transportation industry officials began an educational outreach program for high school
students in 1999. The program is called Construction Career Days.
The program is designed to introduce school students to the wide range of career
opportunities available to them in the construction industry in a hands-on environment.
Partner agencies and organizations responsible for the event include the Florida
Department of Transportation, the Florida Transportation Builders Association, the
Suncoast Utility Contractors Association and the Federal Highway Administration.