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6th annual Construction Career Day for local high schools

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- More than 500 high school students from all over Southeastern Washington put on their hard hats Tuesday.  It was "Construction Career Day" at the Benton Franklin Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

Students from around the Columbia Basin, Walla Walla, and Goldendale had the chance to learn about different types of construction jobs: from road work, to welding, to pipe-fitting.

Most of the students say their favorite part of the day was the hands on experience. Evelyn Castillo, a Junior in Tri-Tech's Construction Track, says, "It's better than just reading about it, where you don't really know background information or anything about it. Here, there's people actually on the job to tell you how it is, how much they get paid, and stuff."

Josias Alano, a Senior in Tri-Tech's Construction Track, says he already has an idea of what he wants to do, but the career day gave him other ideas. He explains, "I was hoping I could enter dry-walling eventually and go to college for a couple years to do architecture."

Some teachers at the career day say they expect construction jobs to grow 15% to 30% over the next few years.

This was the 6th Annual Construction Career Day.