Our first Residential Construction Career Day on Cape Cod
On Thursday October 15 upwards of 250 juniors and seniors from Barnstable High School, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Falmouth High School, Mashpee High School, Martha’s Vineyard High School, Southeast Alternative School and Upper Cape Technical High School attended the first Residential Construction Career Day. This inaugural event, held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds was a collaboration between the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod.
Exhibitors from across Cape Cod provided students with hands-on activities, demonstrations and information. The intent of the event was to excite students about a future career in a construction related field, as construction a large employment sector here on Cape Cod. It was evident that exhibitors had taken the time to construct activities which would engage and energize high school students; a big highlight was the station provided by Anderson Windows and Doors in which students were able to throw baseballs at a hurricane storm window trying to break and or crack it. Ben LaMora, of Lineal, Inc. also provided hands-on activities that generated much interest amongst the students. The students really enjoyed the opportunity to learn how to build a stone wall and install drywall. Additional hands-on activities that the students enjoyed were learning how to install doors and windows as well learning how to work on a roof. Although the students enjoyed the outdoor activities, there were many activities going on inside as well! As a matter of fact several students have secured job shadow opportunities as a result of this event. Inside exhibitors were eager to talk to students about careers in home decorating, real estate, building and design.
Our school partners were not only instrumental in bringing our students together for the event but also provided critical support in other areas as well. Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, provided 450 lunches. Thank you to Bob Sanborn and Susan Murray for coordinating these efforts. Mashpee High School Senior Amanda Soroka created, “Herbie”, the new mascot for the Home Builders and Remodelers Association. Amanda who is senior in the School to Career program was provided a design from Chris Duren, of the HBRACC. Together with her teacher, Michael Looney, Department Coordinator, Career and Technical Education, Amanda was able to create Herbie. Juniors Hailey Roy and Naomi Gonzalez, also of Mashpee High School, worked with Shane Kinsman of Mashpee TV to provide television coverage of the day as well as vital interviews of students, teachers, vendors and volunteers. This coverage will allow the WIB to have a segment of the Residential Construction Career Day on our website.
We would like to thank the following members of our Youth Council for their help during this event: Deb Martin, Carol Woodbury, Ruth Provost, Kathy Quatromoni, Chris Morin and our Chairman Ken Jenks. We would also like to thank Marie Blackburn and Deborah O’Brien. A special thank you to Wendy Brown of the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, for the many month of planning and the countless meetings, the venue could not have been better.
Residential Construction Career Day was a success in so many ways, but most importantly it brought together our schools, our businesses and our communities.