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DALLAS/FORT WORTH – The only sound louder than the machinery at the Construction Education Foundation (CEF)’s Build Your Future Career Day was the excited chatter as students tried out equipment and learned about the construction industry. Nearly 1,500 high-school students attended the annual event, hosted Oct. 26 at CEF’s Irving office. The teens had the opportunity to meet with more than 50 exhibitors and demonstrators and more than 100 industry volunteers.

    According to the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the Build Your Future initiative, Texas will need 760,747 craft professionals three years from now. Jane Hanna, CEF’s president and executive director, says CEF’s annual event is mutually beneficial for the students and the future of the construction industry.
    “The purpose of the event is to bring the students out from area high schools and expose them to careers in our industry so that they understand that it’s not just a job, that there is a career,” she says. –mjm


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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net