Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Career Day Aimed at Recruiting Young Workers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Career Day Aimed at Recruiting Young Workers

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What's not to like?

Every macho kid in central Oklahoma will be able to get more than the normal high dose of testosterone Friday.

That's when career counselors bring out the big rigs -- that B-I- G equipment used to build highways.

Friday has been designated as a special career day by the Federal Highway Administration and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Along with CMI and the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma, the two government agencies are sponsoring the career day in an effort to bring more young people into the construction industry.

The event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday, is set for the CMI construction plant at Interstate 40 and Morgan Road.

All the giant road-building machines made by CMI will be on display for the youngsters to climb on and look at.

Forget football or that sissy-sport rugby -- these immense machines are exactly what kids need to realize what being a man is all about. Big machines, big tools, lots of noise and being in control -- that's it.

Now defensive linemen and linebackers will have the chance to drive vehicles more suited to their size and temperament. Just think: sitting atop a 10-foot-tall machine, laying a strip of concrete 12 inches deep and 14 feet wide, all in one swipe.

It's enough to take your breath away.

The purpose of the career day, according to folks in the transportation department, is to encourage high school students to take a long, serious look at construction as a career. Particularly road construction.

It seems that as Oklahoma's economy continues to boom, the demand for skilled workers is dragged even higher.

All sorts of construction, particularly road construction, is moving at a fast pace in Oklahoma. Skilled workers therefore make up a valuable commodity.

Officials are worried that there aren't enough young people coming into the industry to replenish the work force that is already stretched tight and is expected to draw even tighter with retirements and new work. …

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