NEAR RICHLAND, Wash.—24 Mid-Columbia students spent the Friday with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory employees to learn about exciting careers.
The students spent the day at a fabrication shop where they watched demonstrations and spoke with carpenters, electricians, millwrights and other craftspeople. The third annual event encourages teens to consider a career at PNNL.
"The pipes fitters and the welding is interesting to me so it's like a big field of everything," says Jessica Jameson, Hanford High School Senior.
A program coordinator says the average age of someone in construction is 50-year-olds, so it is time to get younger generations interested in the field.