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YUHSD sends 87 CTE students to Construction Career Development Day

Eighty-seven Career & Technical Education students from San Luis, Yuma and Kofa high schools attended the Arizona Construction Career Days (ACCD) event from Nov. 1-2, 2018 at the Arizona Army National Guard in Phoenix.

The event, which has taken place annually since 2007, includes more than 700 exhibitors and 500 pieces of equipment.

“It helps students see that a construction class is just the first step and there are many different pathways such as management, high-tech, and more,” Yuma Union High School District CTE Director Lorie Honeycutt said. “The event allows them a very controlled environment to try new things.”

One of the key aspects of ACCD is that it offers a hands-on experience. Students have an opportunity work with bricks and concrete, hang drywall, and operate excavating equipment. Most students who attend are from vocational CTE construction programs, meaning they are in the second year.

ACCD is the largest construction event that reaches high school students in the state of Arizona. It is also one of the largest examples of public-private partnership in the state with industry partners, such as McCarthy Construction, working together and sharing information for the purpose of promoting the construction industry as a career pathway to the state’s youth.

Eric Patten