“Build my future!” provides a gateway for high school students into the construction industry

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — The 3rd annual “Build My Future!” The event was held Tuesday in the parking lot of Rawson Builders Supply in Las Cruces, offering area students the opportunity to look into post-high school careers in construction.

The Las Cruces Home Builders Association partnered with LCPD and other schools in the Mesilla Valley area to host the event. Various local businesses, employers and educational institutions were on hand to allow students to participate in interactive workshops in various areas of the construction industry including welding, roofing, plumbing and concrete laying.

“For years we have always had the education [being] college and career, and career has kind of been secondary, and it’s not,” said local lawmaker Bill Soules, who represents the East Mesa side of Las Cruces.

“We know that some students don’t plan on going to college, and it provides them with a real career path that leads to high-paying jobs and elevates their education to the same level as students taking college preparatory courses. university,” he added.

“I ended up getting a job as a welder last summer thanks to [this event]said a student from Organ Mountain High School. She said she also attended the last two events.

“It’s just awesome; you can’t see all of these things every day,” she added, referring to the myriad of different interactive kiosks set up that allow students to get hands-on experience. in the construction industry.