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Hudson Valley Construction Career Day Builds New Connections

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James Mahoney of Ironworkers Local 580 of Long Island City demonstrates welding techniques with a student from Valley Central High School in Montgomery.
Photos by Ed Cody

Held annually at Rockland Community College in Suffern, the career event invites students to learn about construction-related opportunities.

The construction contracting community joins with organized labor each year for an annual Hudson Valley Construction Career Day for students to discover skill-building activities and learn about well-paying career opportunities. Held at Rockland Community College in Suffern, the expo brings together trade-industry experts who talk with students about diverse careers in construction and the building trades as well as the advantages of apprenticeship training. Union representatives and private-sector companies work with the teens in hands-on skill-building demonstrations such as welding, carpentry, and soldering. The event is co-hosted by the Construction Industry Council and the Building Contractors Association of Westchester & Mid-Hudson, Inc. For more information, visit www.cicbca.org/resources.

Michelle Polhamus, second from right, counselor at Beacon High School, and Devin Declerk, right, of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 21 of Peekskill, with students from Beacon High School in Beacon.

Michelle Polhamus, second from right, counselor at Beacon High School, and Devin Declerk, right, of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 21 of Peekskill, with students from Beacon High School in Beacon.

Jeff Black, center, OSHA instructor and shop steward at Laborers Local 60 Union in Hawthorne, demonstrates a “confined space rescue” with Carmel High School senior Donny Burke as a fellow student looks on.

Jeff Black, center, OSHA instructor and shop steward at Laborers Local 60 Union in Hawthorne, demonstrates a “confined space rescue” with Carmel High School senior Donny Burke as a fellow student looks on.

James Nester, right, of SMART Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 of Brewster, shows Southern Westchester BOCES students how to cut metal sheeting.

James Nester, right, of SMART Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 of Brewster, shows Southern Westchester BOCES students how to cut metal sheeting.

Mason Cantamessa, left, journeyman at the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 of Queens, demonstrates masonry skills with a student from Rochambeau Alternative High School in White Plains.

Mason Cantamessa, left, journeyman at the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 of Queens, demonstrates masonry skills with a student from Rochambeau Alternative High School in White Plains.

From left: Rockland County Executive Ed Day; Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano; Matthew Pepe of the Building Contractors Association; Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R-99th District); and Legislative Director Elijah Reichlin-Melnick for New York State Sen. James Skoufis (D-38th), at the 21st annual Hudson Valley Construction Career Day expo March 6, 2020 at Rockland Community College Fieldhouse in Suffern.

From left: Rockland County Executive Ed Day; Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano; Matthew Pepe of the Building Contractors Association; Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R-99th District); and Legislative Director Elijah Reichlin-Melnick for New York State Sen. James Skoufis (D-38th), at the 21st annual Hudson Valley Construction Career Day expo March 6, 2020 at Rockland Community College Fieldhouse in Suffern.

Adrian Hernandez, right, of Heavy Construction Laborers Local 60 of Hawthorne, demonstrates a jackhammer with students from Rochambeau Alternative High School in White Plains.

Adrian Hernandez, right, of Heavy Construction Laborers Local 60 of Hawthorne, demonstrates a jackhammer with students from Rochambeau Alternative High School in White Plains.