In 2013, the Arizona Transportation Builders Association, under the leadership of then, Executive Director Ramon Gaanderse, decided to focus on job creation and to create career paths in the construction industry. Thus, the formation of the Southern Arizona Construction Career Days (SACCD) Committee; various construction trade associations, private sector construction firms, local and State government agencies, various high school organizations, and universities. This award-winning (Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground – 2015) Committee brought 700 students in 2014 and hosting over 3,000 students in 2019.
Educators are challenged to develop lessons to introduce careers to students. However, realistically, it is difficult for busy educators to know the details of all professions. This event is designed for educators to provide career exploration for their students within the construction industry, including trades, infrastructure, utilities, engineering, design and architecture and more. The industry understands the way to introduce the students to these careers is best done with interactive and hands-on activities. As the students participate and investigate the various professions, they gather details and information to take back and assess in their personal lives and the classroom.
Today we have expanded our event at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds with well over 250 different vendors and several hundred volunteers. With over 85 different schools representing Southern Arizona from Tombstone, Rio Ricco, Benson, and Casa Grande and Tucson that all students can enjoy a unique experience. Students can follow the experience on a mobile app (iTunes) and (Google Play) and receive timely updates about the event but also see about possible employment. This keeps the student updated about construction jobs throughout the year. Educators and the community can visit our website as well to see the different sponsors from each year and read about upcoming events.
LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN TO THE 7TH ANNUAL EVENT!
WHAT THE COMMUNITY IS SAYING?
"Thank you again for taking the time and energy to create such an engaging educational experience for our kids. Our students couldn't stop talking about all the things they got to do. "
"Congratulations on an amazing event! Your leadership truly sets the bar for the community and industry partners."
"A great event! The students enjoyed every minute of it, and we have been talking about it ever since"
"The Southern Arizona Construction Career Day was an excellent success. Judging by the many event planners and exhibitors that I met throughout the event, I can say that I have never seen a more enthused group for an event since we held our very first event in 1999."
"The students were energetically participating in the activities during the two days, to where they could not stop talking about it over the weekend."