Construction Awareness Day Camp

Area high schoolers spend the day at Western Dakota Tech learning about a career in the construction industry.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – More than 100 high school students from around the Rapid City area got their hands dirty on Thursday while learning about the construction industry.

Western Dakota Technical Institute partnered up with Associated General Contractors (AGC) to host Construction Awareness Day Camp. The camp is designed to introduce students to “in-demand” careers related to construction technology, electrical trades, HVAC & refrigeration technology and, plumbing technology.

Students participated in six different construction-related rotations from wood framing and working with concrete, to operating heavy equipment. Construction Technology Instructor Bret Clark says this is a great program for these students to be a part of. “Rapid City and the surrounding area is really hurting for construction workers to come into the industry right now. What they’re looking for is knowledgeable, reliable, hardworking kids.”

Executive Director of AGC, Toby Crow, says this is a huge deal for them to be involved in, because the need for construction workers in our area is so great. “The vast majority of construction workers are in their 50s and 60s and will be retiring in 10 to 15 years. There’s a huge need for the younger generation to get involved in this field. It’s a great career and it pays well.”   

This is a free career exploration camp that high schoolers can participate in at Western Dakota Tech every year.

Learn more about the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota and Build South Dakota at

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