With hard hats and safety glasses in place, over 1,000 high school students from throughout the state of New Hampshire met at the Hillsborough County 4H Youth Center in New Boston on September 18th and 19th for the 6th Annual NH Construction Career Days (CCD). The program, spearheaded by the Granite State Chapter of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) as a one day event in 2009 with 350 students, has grown into a 2-day event with over 650 students each day. North Branch has participated in the program since it’s inception.
The program gives students a hands-on look at various career opportunities available to them in the construction industry. North Branch was one of the 65 exhibitors providing demonstrations from running an excavator to welding to a driving simulator for heavy equipment. North Branch provided construction safety and terminology games, information about potential opportunities available for employment with a general contractor and a hands-on challenge for students to learn how to install a door lock set and dead bolt, racing against each other for the fastest install time.
The program took a year of planning and coordination by all involved. Everyone’s hard work paid off and the students were eager to learn. Many of the teachers left with games and other activities they plan to incorporate into their curriculum. The program was a great experience for all involved. Each student left with a hard hat, safety glasses, ear plugs and back pack loaded with useful gifts and information.