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Hundreds of high schoolers try their hand at construction

Hundreds of high schoolers try their hand at construction

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Picture 500 high schoolers in hard hats-- that's what the Benton County Fairgrounds looked like Tuesday.

Teens went up fork lifts, smoothed concrete, tried welding and learned essential skills for the annual construction career day.

Event organizers said most workers in construction fields are getting older and need more young people to hop aboard.

"For students that really like doing things with their hands or need that sense of doing something, there are a ton of career opportunities out there,” Lisa Mickinney said. β€œAnd for many kids, this will be the day that they found something that they want to do for a career."

Mckinney said it's rewarding to see students fearlessly operate heavy equipment they've never used before.

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