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Exploring Construction Careers

ANKENY, Iowa (September 19, 2016) - The Transition Alliance Program (TAP) at Ankeny Centennial High School and Ankeny High School hosted a construction simulator from Hawkeye Community College.  TAP is a partnership program between Ankeny Schools and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, who sponsored this learning opportunity.
Students from both AHS and ACHS had the chance to try five different simulators:  bulldozer, excavator, welder, backhoe, and land grader.  The main goal of the simulator was to provide exposure to the construction field, as it relates to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career.  A representative from DMACC also provided information regarding programs they offer in this field.
"Students enjoyed the experience and for some it solidified their choice in a future career," said Nicki Simonis, TAP Coordinator. 
TAP will conduct follow-up informational sessions for interested students with a lunch and learn opportunity from an outside construction agency, as well as a webinar.