GRANITE CITY — The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) hosted hundreds of middle and high school students Wednesday for the agency’s eighth Career Day event at America’s Central Port in Granite City. The event is a workforce development tool that introduces students, through hands-on activities and heavy equipment demonstrations, to careers in the transportation industry.
“Career Day is an exciting opportunity for IDOT employees, schools and industry partners to inform, inspire and expose students to the many rewarding careers in transportation,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “We want students to know that through education and hard work, they may someday be able to help us build strong roads and bridges, improve our railways and fly our planes.”
Approximately 300 middle and high school students from 14 schools attended today’s event. Students were exposed to more than 40 exhibits, including hands-on activities and several pieces of heavy equipment on display used to build and maintain Illinois’ multimodal transportation system. The careers highlighted include civil engineering, engineering technology, safety engineering, surveying and construction trades. In addition to hearing about specific career opportunities, students were provided with information about construction careers and IDOT safety campaigns. Career Day attendees also received a hard hat and safety glasses, as well as other items, provided by businesses in the transportation field.
IDOT partners with representatives of the transportation industry, educational institutions and community-based organizations to host this event. For more information about Career Day, visit www.dot.state.il.us/careerday/index.html.