Who: 3,500 students from middle, junior and high schools in Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties.
What: Business, industry, and community partnered with education to provide interactive opportunities for students to increase their awareness of a wide range of career pathways.
Where: Main campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 North 600 West, Logan, Utah.
When: Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
On May 4th and 5th, approximately 3,500 7th through 12th grade students, teachers, school administrators, CTE directors, parents, industry leaders and volunteers converged on the campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) for the 4th Annual Career Days, a Career Pathways event. The objective of Career Days was to provide students with hands-on exposure to the diverse and exciting career opportunities requiring technical skills.
The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that by 2012, there will be a shortfall of nearly 3 million skilled workers in America. The average age of skilled workers in many trades is 54-57 years old, and as this veteran group retires, there are not enough trained workers to replace them and fill essential jobs.
Career Days, modeled after the nationwide Career Construction Days (CCD) program, is an experiential-based event designed to expose youth to a comprehensive list of over 29 career paths leading to hundreds of different careers. Career Days is the result of the collaborative efforts of business and industry leaders, workforce development, education and school representatives. Sponsors for Career Days 2011 included BATC, Bear River Region Pathways Program, Department of Workforce Services, Interform, Komatsu, Logan City, Larry H. Miller Group, Miller Motorsports Park, Northwood Rentals, Pepsi, Vulcraft, and Wells Fargo Bank.
The Career Days event included interactive exhibits, trade industry displays and demonstration projects that required student involvement. The goal was to convert students’ enthusiasm into a rewarding career path.