This summer, the Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey (CIAP), in partnership with Gloucester, Middlesex and Ocean county colleges joined together to develop a summer camp that gave children hands-on exposure to the endless career opportunities in the field of construction.
“Our goal is to help kids understand that the image of needing a strong back and weak mind to work in the field of construction is a thing of the past,” said Lee Pisauro, educational representative of the CIAP. “It’s not just about hammers and nails anymore. Today, there are many interesting jobs in the field that require strong math and science skills, problem solving, and so much more.”
Elementary and middle school children met with the International Union of Operating Engineers who gave students the opportunity to enter a portable crane simulator, which simulates the command section of a huge crane.
Students also got to put their hands to work with the New Jersey Carpenters Trust and learn how to build toolboxes. General Laborers Local 172 and 472 gave students the opportunity to locate underground utilities in a portable classroom.
Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey is a non-profit trusteeship founded by the New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association, Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey, and the Associated General Contractors of New Jersey to provide construction, education, construction scholarships, construction research, improvement and standardization of public sector contracts and technical specifications and promotion for the New Jersey construction industry.