8th Grade Construction Careers Expo


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Exposition Gardens, Peoria, IL

The 8th Grade Expo runs from Tuesday, September 19th through Friday, September 22nd.

The Construction Industry Career Expo is a partnership of union building trades, contractors, business, labor-management associations and educators in the Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton and Woodford County Education for Employment regions who have joined forces to stage a four-day career exposition. The exposition is designed to build eighth grade students’ awareness about the possible career choices within the professional construction industry. This event was the first of its kind held in the United States.

The purpose of the four-day exposition is to allow eighth grade students an opportunity to explore the wide array of careers within the construction industry and to gain actual “hands-on” experience. Ten to twelve different skilled trades construct booths and showcase their crafts. The eighth graders are divided into groups and guided by college or high school students to each of the stations. Every ten minutes, the groups rotate from station to station, laying brick, hammering nails, wiring light fixtures and even operating a backhoe/loader. An additional highlight is the participation high school students who serve as guides to the eighth graders. Using these students currently enrolled in a construction curriculum provides a mentoring aspect in which eighth graders can interact with the students during the process. Another outstanding program feature is the gender equity and ethnic diversity components. By providing a neutral environment via the mock construction sites, students of nontraditional demographics can receive industry exposure.

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