In 2013, the Arizona Transportation Builders Association decided to focus on job creation, and to create career paths in the construction industry. Thus, the formation of Southern Arizona Construction Career Days (SACCD) Committee; various construction trade associations, private sector construction firms, local and State government agencies, various high school organizations, and universities. This award winning (Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground – 2015) Committee brought 700 student in 2014, 1,000 students in 2015 and now 1,250 students this fall.
Educators are challenged to develop lessons to introduce careers to students. However, realistically, it is difficult for busy educators to know the details of all careers. This event is designed for educators to provide career exploration for their students within the construction industry, including trades, infrastructure, utilities, engineering, design and architecture and more. The industry understands the way to introduce the students to these careers is best done with interactive and hands-on activities. As the students participate and investigate the various careers, they gather details and information to take back and assess in their personal lives and in the classroom.
Today we have expanded our event at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds with well over 200 different vendors and several-hundred volunteers. With over 35 different schools representing Southern Arizona from Tombstone, Rio Ricco, Benson and Casa Grande and Tucson that all students can enjoy a unique experience. Students can follow the experience on a mobile app (iTunes) and (Google Play) and receive timely updates about the event but also see about possible employment. This keeps the student updated about construction jobs throughout the year. Educators and the community can visit our website as well to see the different sponsors from each year and read about upcoming events.