High school students get hands-on experience with construction equipment

<p>Construction Career Day</p>

Construction Career Day

Hundreds of high school students fill the parking lot at the Benton County Fairgrounds today to get some hands on experience with construction equipment.

Educators held the 8th annual Tri-Cities Construction Career Day this morning and afternoon.

About 500 high school students from across the region showed up to learn some new skills.

Students got to use excavators and rollers - they also learned how to work together and be safe on the job.

"I think it's important. It's kind of like a job shadow if you really think about it. A lot of people who are thinking about going into the construction business, they really are not sure what it's all about. So this is a perfect opportunity to see the ins and outs, learn about it, ask some people, there's some people here who actually know what they're doing. So it's a good experience" said Christopher Senor, Kamiakin High School student.

Organizers say they are already making plans for next year's Construction Career Day.