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Students learn building trades at career fair

By JASON POWLES

WHITESTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - More than 300 juniors and seniors from a myriad of area schools spent Thursday morning at the Oneida County DPW Garage in Whitestown.

The 10th Annual Mohawk Valley Construction Career Day gave the kids a hands-on experience in the building trades.

From carpentry to welding, electrical work to green energy, students had the chance to get a taste of these prospective fields in a group setting.

"These jobs aren't going away," said Pat Costello of the Central and Northern New York building trades. "They're not going to be outsourced. There's always going to be a need for a carpenter, an electrician or a plumber, welders. It's a demand occupation and it's not easy work, but they will see that and will see if its for them."

Students from Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties all participated and had the chance to use big construction machinery.

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