Nearly 3,000 central Iowa students from more than 30 high schools ranging from Adel-Desoto-Minburn to Winterset, and everywhere in between, filled the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds today to learn more about the wide range of careers in construction and skilled trades.
The Build My Future event, which showcases high-skill, high-wage, in-demand careers in Iowa’s skilled trades, allows students to explore and participate in hands-on activities in carpentry, electricity, welding, roofing, masonry, plumbing, advanced manufacturing, computer-aided design, architecture modeling, heavy equipment, and more. This immersive event puts students in the middle of the action so they can see the different career paths available in Iowa with varying levels of training and education required.
Day-time activities were aimed at students and educators, but by late afternoon, the event opened to the public.
Similar events were previously held in the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor. A fourth event is scheduled to take place in Sioux City on April 25. Plans are underway to expand events to more areas of the state next year.
The Build My Future event supports the Future Ready Iowa goal, which calls for 70 percent of Iowans to have education or training beyond high school by 2025 to ensure Iowa’s workforce is equipped with the skills and education employers need.
The Des Moines event was hosted by the Home Builders of Greater Des Moines and the Iowa Skilled Trades Association. Sponsors include Future Ready Iowa, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development, National Association of Home Builders, and Skilled Labor Funds.
More information is available on the Iowa Skilled Trades website.