Governor Snyder Highlights Skilled Trades at Construction Career Days

By Reinvention Blog | May 16, 2014

It's a field trip unlike any other -- Construction Career Days in Howell, where students from across the state have a chance to learn about careers in architecture, engineering and construction management.

Governor Rick Snyder stopped by this year's event to highlight the importance of skilled trades in the State of Michigan.

"In terms of the talent needs for the future, this is one of the key areas we should be emphasizing. There are great opportunities for careers here," Governor Snyder said. "It's important for Michigan's future."

Construction Career Days is sponsored by Oakland Community College in partnership with Operating Engineers 324. In an interview with The Livingston Daily, Governor Snyder explained the role that skilled trades will play in Michigan's comeback:

"We have tens of thousands of open jobs and many of them are well-paying, honorable careers, and we need to get that message out to parents, young people, people looking for that next career," Snyder said following his tour of the campus east of Michigan Avenue on the north side of M-59.

"Skilled trades is one of the great opportunities, and that's why I'm excited to be here in Howell," he added. "This is a truly unique place. I think it's got to be among the best in the country."

Snyder said skilled-tradespeople are vital to Michigan's economic resurgence.

"Our businesses can't grow and we can't be successful without them," he said.