continued “I think the event is great because it gives the students options and that’s what they need in life right now,” he said.
Students from schools across the Greater Capital District were given the opportunity to operate the heavy machinery themselves under the supervision of trained professionals. They were also able to watch construction demonstrations such as brick and pipe laying, welding, cement finishing and electrical installation.
Cameron Payne, a senior as South Colonie High School, said the event helped him to learn what we wanted to do in the future.
“I’m not a real school guy,” said the 18-year-old. Unsure of what college to go to, Payne decided he wanted to enter the apprentice program at the local labor union to become an operator.
“I like the crane because you can make the most money at it,” he said.
South Colonie technology teacher John Gehres said the event has helped his students see they do have a future and job options.
“All of a sudden they came here and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’ It’s something they’re interested in and they don’t have to do to college for it,” he said.