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The History of Build My Future
Build My Future began as a side conversation between MoDOT and staff at the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board after a Construction Roundtable Discussion. MoDOT mentioned there was an event in another area that focused on high school students and offered hands experiences. The Construction and Trades Industry has struggled to find ways to allow youth to "test drive" careers as they can with many other industries. With $3,000 in seed money, a committee was developed and as they say, the rest is history.
Check out the video from the 2018 event here or the video from the 2017 event here to learn more about the event.
Build My Future Today
The Springfield Build My Future Collaborative invites schools up to three hours away to participate in a day of hands on exhibits including activities representing architecture, bricklaying, heavy equipment operating, virtual reality simulations, welding, and more. In 2018, 1,214 students attended from a three hour radius. There were 37 cities, 57 schools, and 15 counties.
2019 Event Information
The third annual Build My Future Construction Showcase has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th. The event will be held at the E-Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
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