The First Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo Deemed a Success
This interactive expo helped guide 4,100 students from 50 area schools, covering 7 counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania, in a pathway for the Skilled Construction Trades. The expo featured hands-on opportunities for students in grades 7-12 to learn by doing in the field of skilled trades.
This was the first local expo of its kind and with that many students, there were challenes, but overall the event went well, said Gary Hartman, services director with the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Representatives from 16 trades were on hand as well as some contractors and interactive and static displays with equipment. Information on how to apply for an apprenticeship was also available.
It was put on by the association, Western Reserve Building Trades, educational service centers in Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana counties and the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber.
Next year's expo could be expanded to multiple days with an afternoon session for parents and adults interested in the skilled trades.