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Students Test Drive Construction Careers

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Kennewick, WA- Hundreds of students throughout the Mid Columbia today took their career searches from the classroom to the construction site.

The Washington Department of Transportation hosted Construction Career Day at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Students got the chance to drive backhoes and other heavy equipment, but DOT regional administrator Don Whitehouse says the students also got the message that what they're learning in school will eventually apply on the construction site.

"Engineering, design, and surveying...It's fun to go and run the backhoe and dig the hole, but if you don't dig it in the right location everyone's not happy with you."

The Federal Highway Administration started Construction Career Day ten years ago as a way to train new generations of construction workers.