In this uncertain environment, it’s important that learning continues, even if it can’t happen in person. The Compliance Mentor Group, a workforce development company, teamed up with the City of Boston to continue AEC learning through their “Tools of the Trade: Construction 101” Summer Youth Program. This program was designed to introduce students in high school and post-secondary school to careers and paths to join the construction industry while gaining workforce readiness skills. Through group learning and mentoring experiences, the students explore opportunities that will help guide their future academic and career aspirations.
Earlier this summer, DGT’s Co-founder and Principal, Mike Clifford, accompanied other industry experts, city officials, construction companies and union representatives in a virtual presentation and panel discussion for the Tools of the Trade students. Mike spoke to roughly 100 participants about his experiences as a licensed Professional Land Surveyor and business owner. “It was an honor to be invited to participate in this worthwhile event. I enjoyed sharing my perspectives and knowledge with highly motivated Boston high school students who are interested in design, construction and the build environment. I could tell from the questions asked of me and the feedback received from many of the youth participants that they were already thinking about a career in AEC. Every working land surveyor should take advantage of any such opportunity to “sell” their profession to the upcoming generation and try to impart the rewards and satisfactions of a career in Land Surveying,” said Clifford.