Wyandotte High School students get hands-on experience in construction

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Wyandotte High School is looking at different ways to get students ready and more involved in different professions.

"For the past 20 years here at Wyandotte High School, we've taken a small learning community approach to education where based on a career theme, students are enrolled with the same group of students and teachers over their four years,” Wyandotte High School Principal Mary Stewart said.

On Wednesday, a group of 200 students who are interested in construction and design had the chance to get an up-close look at their future careers.

"They've been explaining about the jobs and how much they pay and how to work some of the equipment,” freshman Carlos Bravo said.

Students put their skills to the test and got the chance to see what it was like working in construction.  

Wyandotte High School partnered with Turner Construction’s YouthForce 2020 Initiative, where students learn the ins and outs of the construction industry.

"Today really is a capstone on how we're going to showcase what it is to be hands on, to work with the construction equipment, to be a mason, to be a pipe veteran, electrician, mechanical and work with the heavy equipment,” Turner Construction Vice President Mark Iammarino said.

"It's so important for our students to keep their vision towards the future, to begin to dream and try to understand how they outline and map out their future, the direction that they want to go,” Stewart said.

For future architect Bravo, he said it’s a glimpse into what to expect in the field.

"It's like a good experience because you get to see where all the things are in the machine,” Bravo said. “And you get to get some experience and if you want to get a career out of it and you just know what to do."

This is one of many more visits to come as students throughout the year will have various lectures and group projects to understand more about the construction industry.

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