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Hillsborough Schools to Host Inaugural Build Tampa Bay Event

November 04, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Hillsborough Schools to Host Inaugural Build Tampa Bay Event

Tampa, Fla. – (November 4, 2015) – High school students in Hillsborough County Public Schools will participate in a tradeshow designed to educate students about careers in the building and construction industry in the Tampa Bay area.

More than 50 local employers will take part in this inaugural event through a partnership with Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena. Students will gain information, career advice, and immediate career opportunities in fields ranging from architecture and engineering, to plumbing, masonry, machine operations, and general construction.

The event will be held on Tuesday, February 2, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Amalie Arena.

“The district is proud to be part of an effort that provides students with the opportunity to learn about career opportunities right here in the Tampa Bay area,” said Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins. “Our organization plays a key role in the success of this community. It is our goal and our responsibility to educate the next workforce. The partnerships we have formed will ensure a more diverse workforce for our students to enter. Our goal is to give our students a clear understanding of all the Tampa Bay region has to offer.”

The construction industry offers students a variety of fields to consider as a career that requires every level of education including a high school diploma, college degree, and apprenticeship certification.

“As the Tampa Bay area is primed for tremendous growth with many development projects slated for the downtown area and the Westshore business district, students have an opportunity for some exciting careers and gain experience that will help them throughout their professional lives,” said Scott Brooks, Workforce Connections Officer, Hillsborough County Public Schools.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the skilled worker shortage is expected to grow to 1.6 million workers in the construction industry by 2022. This event is one step towards encouraging more students to explore career opportunities in these fields following high school and college graduation.

Hillsborough County Public Schools currently has many programs for students interested in the manufacturing, building, and construction industry including Engineering Technology, Welding, and Construction Technology. Media interested in visiting any of these programs should contact the Communications Office at (813) 272-4060.


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