Second Annual Build My Future Event

Second Annual Build My Future Event
Posted on 10/16/2019
Hard Hat on Lee County Build My Future

The School District of Lee County and the Lee Building Industry Association are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Build My Future Lee County career trade show day will be October 23rd. The career day trade show addresses the skilled workforce shortage within the building industry and all proceeds will aid in funding construction curriculum in Lee County Schools.

“We are very excited for our Career and Technical Education students to have the opportunity to experience a diverse set of career options in the Construction industry, said Rita Davis, the Director of Adult & Career Education. “There are so many possibilities in this field, and we want our students to have direct access to them.”

The career day showcase will help address the skilled workforce shortage within the building industry, while allowing students to connect with industry-related employers. More than 700 students will get a hands-on introduction by going from booth to booth to see what it’s like to build a bridge, fix an A/C system, lay bricks, move machinery and more.

“Build my Future Lee County is so important to the future of our industry and the students of Lee County,” said Phillip Ford, Executive Vice President of the Lee BIA. “Our goal is to ensure our students are aware of options rather than going to college that make for great careers, all while addressing the workforce shortage in our industry.”

“As a builder, our industry currently has a shortage of qualified workers, which hinders our ability to meet the demand for housing, thereby driving up the cost of homes” said Frank R. Jenkins, president of Frank R. Jenkins Custom Homes, LLC and the Lee BIA. “I think it is essential that we change the narrative that you are only successful if you have a college degree and this event is a great way to start that conversation.”

The Build My Future Lee County Trade Show is from 8:00am to 3:00pm Wednesday, October 23rd at the Lee Civic Center at 11831 Bayshore Rd.

“We are grateful for the commitment the Lee BIA is making to help bridge classroom instruction with real-word career exposure and experience,” Davis added. “Community partners, like the Lee BIA, are critical components in the long-term success of our students.”