SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Hundreds of area students got their hands dirty Wednesday-- with a chance to "build" a better future.
It was all part of the Build My future Construction Showcase. It allows students to explore the opportunities in the construction and trades industry. And it was hands on.
More than 50 exhibits were there including "ACE", a national organization that does construction club mentoring for high schools.
It's a program that's new to the Ozarks and doesn't start until August.
Mentor Stacie Ramos tells us there's more to construction than pushing a broom and swinging a hammer.
"We also have so many other opportunities, said Ramos. "To learn a skill, to have something you can call your own. to finish a job site and walk away and see immediate results that you can be proud of, it's a very tangible career that speaks to a lot of people. "
The event was part of a collaboration between The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development.
And right now-- if you didn't know-- 25% of all open jobs in our country are in construction and related fields.
Entry level wages sometimes double minimum wage.
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