In just the first two months of this year, 26 Ferrovial Services North America employees across nine infrastructure projects volunteered at three high school construction career fairs across Florida. Together, the Central, Tampa Bay and Northeast Florida Construction Career Days events pulled in more than 5,000 students.

Project Manager Angelo Capriglione and Superintendent Rafael Vidal of our Turnpike BOLD Landscape project volunteered for two days at the Central Florida Construction Career Days [CCD] event. They demonstrated maintenance equipment and presented a learning lab. Our Osceola project co-sponsored this event.

The THEA and Pinellas projects sponsored and participated in the Tampa Bay CCD. Project Manager Scott Chase, Superintendent Art Davison and Technician Israel Moreno, Jr. talked to students about their projects and demonstrated how they use a Truck Mounted Attenuator [TMA]. Pinellas Customer Service Manager Linda Letzkus and Infra Communications Specialist Mickie Salter volunteered in the Career Center, sharing career advice and information on Ferrovial Services.

Nineteen employees from the Duval Primaries, First Coast Expressway, Clay, Nassau and Madison sites volunteered at Northeast Florida CCD. The projects co-sponsored the event and staff spent three days demonstrating equipment, presenting a learning lab, chaperoning and career coaching more than 2,000 high school students from 11 counties.

Randy Walker, Wannette Smith, Richard Prindiville, Julius Rinosa, Ken Gallagher, Hernand De Chavez and Melissa Williams chaperoned students from station to station. Shawn Cudney, Thornton Brunson, Johnny Moon, Mario Orama, David Jones, Joe Farmer and Tom Egan conducted the learning lab and equipment display. Mickie Salter, Sergio Concha, Robert Cook, Russ Flowers and Penny Manning explained career paths in infrastructure.

Sponsors create and lead learning labs and equipment displays to give students the opportunity to learn about and operate machinery and equipment, explore skilled construction careers, and practice their job interviewing skills.

Transportation industry officials created this educational outreach program in 1999 to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities available in the construction industry in a hands-on environment. Partner agencies and organizations responsible for the program include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, Suncoast Utility Contractors Association, National Association of Women in Construction and Federal Highway Administration.