Build Your Future event for 9th and 10th Graders

Posted On: Thursday, August 19, 2021

Sponsoring contractor Alexander & Bebout employees prefab projects for Build Your Future, exposing 9th and 10th graders to skills trades.

Sponsoring contractor Alexander & Bebout employees prefab projects for Build Your Future, exposing 9th and 10th graders to skills trades.


Build Your Future, a hands-on experience for local 9th and 10th graders from all three Van Wert County schools will take place on Sept. 14, 2021, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. –  noon. All students will perform tasks in welding, construction, carpentry, HVAC, and electrical and gain an introduction to the skills needed to complete a building project. The desired outcome is an increase in exposure to local skills trade jobs as students recognize their passion for construction and the lucrative careers available to them locally.

With 430,000 more construction workers needed in 2021 than in 2020 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), the need is greater than ever to equip students with the information to pursue careers in skilled trades. Not only is the demand high in Ohio, but there are terrific upskill opportunities locally for students while they’re in high school and after they graduate. Internships for high school students and apprenticeships are becoming the norm at many employers.


Workers assembling a wood frame


“Students can make a prosperous living in these careers and gain the skills needed through local employers (apprenticeships and internships), as well as through local and regional education centers like Vantage Career Center and UNOH,” says Jane Schmid, Van Wert Workforce Development Manager.

This event is a collaboration between the administration of three local county schools and Vantage Career Center administration and Alexander & Bebout, All Temp Refrigeration, Ayers Mechanical and the Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation. In addition to the materials and labor provided by the three contractors, donation/support for this event comes from the Van Wert Agriculture Society, United Way, and Ohio Means Jobs Van Wert County.

Build Your Future discussions began with the Business Advisory Council. Organized in 2018, the BAC is made up of educators, employers, and other professionals with the purpose of fostering cooperation among schools, businesses, and the communities they serve to ensure that the work of educators aligns with the needs of businesses. The Business Advisory Council is required by Ohio House Bill 49.

Alternative school weather delay date is Wednesday, Sept. 15

Contact them for more information at Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation, 145 E. Main St., Van Wert, OH 45891 or 419-238-2999.


Original article courtesy of Times Bulletin 

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