MSU Construction Career Day opens doors

Ballard Memorial High School sophomore Bubba Neeley puts all his force into loosening a bolt at the Second Annual Construction Career Day at the Murray State University Expo Center recently. “Last year’s Construction Fair at the Expo Center at Murray State University was great and it was just the first ever held,” said Steve Arant, principal of the Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center. “We have two busloads of students from Mayfield and Graves County high schools this year.” The event is a collaboration of the Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky, MSU’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Technology, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah Campus. Exhibits are manned by construction professionals who answer questions and demonstrate various construction workforce tasks. Neeley takes classes in welding and auto body repair. At the career fair, he said, “I built two boxes and welded them and I heard about what a steamfitter is today. I didn’t know what that was and a man who does that work told me.”

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