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Media Advisory: Construction Career Days begins tomorrow


Nearly 1,300 high school students are scheduled to visit the Rhode Island Department of Transportationís (RIDOT) Midstate Facility in East Greenwich today, Wednesday, May 13 and tomorrow, Thursday, May 14, 2009 for a learning experience thatís nothing like a typical day in school.

Instead of learning about the construction industry through a text book, they will get to put their hands on the real thing Ė getting to operate backhoes, excavators, pavers, bucket trucks and more during the ninth annual Construction Career Days. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, is one of many taking place during National Transportation Week (May 11-15), and is sponsored by RIDOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center.

Students attending the event will move from station to station, operating heavy machinery on the grounds of the Midstate Facility and visiting numerous tables and displays inside covering welding, plumbing, electrical, landscaping and other construction disciplines. Additionally, a number of technical schools and colleges will be attendance.

Media visiting Construction Days will have the opportunity to interview students and exhibitors. Local newspapers should contact the RIDOT Office of Communications in advance for assistance in meeting students from their coverage areas.

Participating schools and dates of attendance include:

Wednesday, May 13

Burrillville: Burrillville High School

Chariho:Chariho Career & Technical Center and Chariho Regional High School

Cumberland: Cumberland High School

Cranston: Cranston Area Career & Technical Center, Cranston High School East, Cranston Transition Program/Cranston ARC, and NEL/CPS Construction Career Academy

East Providence: Bradley Hospital

Exeter: Exeter Job Corp Academy

Lincoln: Lincoln High School and Davies Career & Technical High School

Newport: East Bay Met School

North Kingstown: North Kingstown High School and Forward View Academy

North Providence: North Providence High School

North Smithfield: North Smithfield High School

Pawtucket: The Tides School

Providence: Central High School, Hope High School, College Crusade of Rhode Island, GAP/TD Program, The Tides School, and Youthbuild Providence.

Warwick: Eleanor Briggs School

West Warwick: The Tides School

Westerly: Westerly High School

Thursday, May 14

Bristol: Mount Hope High School

Cranston: NEL/CPS Construction Career Academy

Coventry: Coventry High School Regional Career & Tech Center

Cumberland: Cumberland High School Special Needs Class

East Providence: East Providence Career & Technical Center

Exeter/W. Greenwich: Exeter/West Greenwich High School-ALP Special Education

Glocester: Harmony Hill School

Johnston: Calef ALP School and Johnston High School

Lincoln: Spurwink School II, Davies Career & Technical High School, and Northern R.I. Collaborative Transition Employment Center

Middletown: Middletown High School

Newport: Newport Area Career & Technical Center

North Providence: St. Lawrence School

Pawtucket: Pawtucket Alternative Learning Program, Shea High School, and Tolman High School

Providence: Academy of Services High School, College Crusade of Rhode Island, Dr. Alvarez High School, E3 Academy, Feinstein High School, High Road School of Providence, Mount Pleasant High School, and Providence Skills Center

Scituate: Scituate High School

South Kingstown: South Kingstown High School

Tiverton: Tiverton High School

Warwick: Warwick Skills Center

Woonsocket: Beacon Charter High School

DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 North or South to Exit 7 (West Warwick, Coventry). Follow signs.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362, Ext. 4007


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Department or agency: Department of Transportation