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High School Students Get Hands On Experience At Construction Career Days

PASCO, Wash. - Hundreds of high school students from Wapato to Burbank got some hands-on construction experience Tuesday.

Nearly 450 students from 13 different schools came to Pasco for the 2nd Annual Construction Career Days. Students got to operate heavy machinery, practice welding and handle different construction tools.

The hope is that students who get hands-on experience will become more excited about going into construction.

"I'd really like to become an architect, and so to get the hands on experience, it's really good for what I want to do," said Jordin Wolf, student at Columbia Burbank High School.     

"I'll have a better knowledge of how to use it, instead of sitting there asking questions all about it all the time," said Skyler Hodgson, student at Kiona-Benton High School.    

Over the next four to five years the demand for new construction workers will go up.

The Federal Highway Administration estimates companies will have to fill nearly one million new jobs.

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