The rising cost of college is putting new emphasis on helping young people find alternative career paths that won’t leave them heavily in debt. The 18th annual Arizona Construction Career Days, run by the Association for Construction and Career Development (ACCD), aimed to expose young people to new career options they may not otherwise have considered that do not necessarily require a college degree.
Nearly 3,500 students and 400 teachers from 130 schools and 12 counties attended Arizona Construction Career Days, traveling as far as from Yuma, Winslow, the Navajo Reservation and more. Rosendin was one of 66 companies participating in the two-day event at the Arizona Army National Guard at Papago Park, 5636 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix.
Among the West Valley schools represented were those from Glendale (Apollo High School, Cactus High School Adult Transition Center, Copper Canyon High School, Glendale High School, Ironwood High School, Ombudsman Charter Metro, Raymond S. Kellis High School, West Mec), Peoria (Aurora Day School, Centennial High School, JAG Works-Peoria, Peoria High School, Sunrise Mountain High School, ACES Peoria), Surprise (Shadow Ridge, Valley Vista, Willow Canyon high schools), and Litchfield Park (Desert Edge and Tolleson high schools).
Rosendin, an employee-owned electrical contracting company, offered participating students several hands-on demonstrations with technology that has changed the industry, such as computer modeling and augmented reality. Volunteers from the company’s Tempe office also taught students how to wire a light, fabricate tubes, and bend conduit pipe. Rosendin hopes that these kinds of experiences will inspire students to consider a career in construction as a viable option for their future.
Students who visited the Rosendin booth also learned about its apprenticeship programs which offer hands-on learning, while earning a paycheck and attending classes once a week. Out of pocket costs for an electrical apprenticeship with Rosendin and the Phoenix Electrical JATC run about $8,000 over a four-year program.