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The History of Build My Future
In June 2014, the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board hosted its first Construction Industry Round Table in collaboration with the local Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the round table was to create a forum for employers to express ideas and share common concerns regarding the lack of a pipeline of workers, training costs and the lack of interest in the skilled trades from the emerging workforce. Through a series of discussions, the group created Build My Future Career Expo to show high school students the potential career opportunities in the industry and shed light on meaningful and good paying jobs available. In its inaugural year, Build My Future hosted 900 students. The Build My Future Committee includes a mixture of government, private industry, not-for-profit, education, and union representatives. Today, Build My Future is the largest event of its kind in the country.
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Build My Future Today
The Springfield Build My Future Collaborative invites schools from across Southern Missouri to participate in a day of hands on exhibits including activities representing architecture, construction, bricklaying, heavy equipment operating, virtual reality simulations, welding and more. In 2019, 1,871 students attended from a 19-county area with 74 schools represented.
2020 Event Information
The fourth annual Build My Future Construction Showcase has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The event will be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex.
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