Students look for summer work

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— All the training in the world doesn't matter if you can't get a job.

At the Summer Construction Institute, a six-day program in June facilitated by The Industrial Company, about 20 Routt County high school students will receive training in construction trades including electrical work, carpentry, concrete work, welding and pipefitting. But Rick Bettger, a retired vocational educator who is organizing the program, said more local contractors are needed to help the students put their skills to work.

"I'm getting a little nervous," Bettger said. "We want to help these kids find a summer job. I especially need employers from Hayden."

Local companies such as Barnes Plumbing & Heating and Fox Construction have agreed to participate in student interviews, scheduled for 7 p.m. June 15 on the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs. Bettger said he hopes several more companies or contractors will meet with students.

Bettger said some companies have expressed concerns about federal regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration because many of the students are younger than 18.

"I'm hoping that we'll be able to get beyond that," Bettger said. "These are next year's juniors and seniors, and they're going to get a nice overview of construction skills. These kids will be learning from the ground up."

The camp runs from June 11 through June 16 at CMC. Bettger said he hopes to hold a roundtable discussion with employers and students on June 14 to talk about how to begin a construction career and the basic ins and outs of the field.

"I'm also interested in talking to people who maybe can't hire but would like to participate in that discussion," Bettger said.

Students scheduled to attend the program live in Steamboat, Oak Creek and Hayden. The program includes training by TIC and curriculum from the National Center for Con-

struction Education and Res-

earch.

"They're excited about the construction trade field," Bett-

ger said of the students. "I think we have a group of pretty good kids."


-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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