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NECA, Trades Take Part in Career Exploration Day at Phoenix-Area High School

Nov 03, 2017

A popular career-oriented event at a local Arizona high school last month brought out hundreds of students and parents interested in learning about job opportunities showcasing, in part, the electrical construction industry.

Career Exploration Day, a product of the career and technical education department with the Peoria Unified School District, was held at Centennial High School.

District CTE Director Patti Beltran said at least 500 people registered for the Oct. 28 event, according to a story on the Peoria Times website.

Each of the six CTE programs, including media, fire sciences and electrical construction, visited with students throughout the day at various classrooms in campus buildings.

“The CTE programs feed into the different trade internships. We have a vested interest to see they thrive and do well,” Shawn Hutchinson, training director for the electrical training ALLIANCE apprenticeship and training program, told the newspaper.

He also said that with the National Electrical Contractors Association’s programs, students can work during the day and attend college classes at night. It is also less costly than the average college education.

Hutchinson noted the program is for women, too, saying, “Construction is not just for men anymore.”

Go to the websites for NECA and the electrical training ALLIANCE to learn more about the organizations.