Teachers & Parents

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NEW! Construction Industry Coloring Book

Click the image to download our 12-page coloring and activity book, including word search, crossword puzzle, and activities on every page! Your kids will learn a little about different construction jobs and complete simple activities related to the job, while being able to color in all the fun characters.

Look Beyond the Misconceptions

Teacher & Parents, your advice and counsel are critical to students as they graduate and pursue a career. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about careers in construction. Consider the following misconceptions versus their truths:

Misconception #1 – Construction is for those who cannot cut it in the classroom.

TRUTH: The construction industry offers ever-evolving, dynamic career opportunities for all kinds of people. The industry needs individuals with advanced degrees and training in business and computer-savvy positions – such as project managers, estimators and designers – as well as skilled trades specialists.

Misconception #2 – Construction work is dirty and unrewarding.

My Future Posters

Teachers: Print out these fun and colorful career posters for your classroom! Available in English and Spanish.

TRUTH: There is an amazing sense of accomplishment achieved when a person helps design or build a stadium, bridge, high-rise, or home. Your advice to students will help them decide what they want to do with their lives. A career in construction may be the best decision they’ll ever make.

Misconception #3 – Construction careers have lower pay and benefits than other professions.

TRUTH: A career in construction offers good pay and benefits, ability to continue education, potential to advance, and opportunities to be your own boss. Job opportunities are plentiful and expected to increase over 10% through 2016. See The Careers page for career-specific salaries and growth projections.

Happy, Healthy, Successful

Parents, as your child’s greatest supporter, we recognize that you want what is best for them: to be healthy, happy and successful, both as children and as adults. Construction careers deliver in these three areas.

Healthy – Construction careers are less physically demanding and safer than ever.

Happy – There is an amazing sense of accomplishment achieved when a person helps design or build a stadium, bridge, high-rise, or hospital.

Successful – A shrinking workforce and increased need for management means construction careers are more lucrative than ever; including good pay, health insurance and other perks.

As a parent, you play an integral role in guiding them along the right path. Fortunately careers in construction can take many paths to success. Here’s a few:

  • On-the-job development – Craft skill can be developed at work while earning a good living. Many construction companies develop employee skill through training and education.
  • Technical education –From High School CTE programs to Community Colleges and Apprenticeships, Nevada has many programs where construction skills can be learned and developed.
  • AA Degree or Certificate – Our area community colleges have many programs and pathways to get you the education and skills you need in 2 years or less.
  • Bachelor’s degree – The University of Nevada, Reno and The University of Las Vegas both offer 4 year, construction-related degrees for those who are interested in engineering and other ancillary fields.
  • The blended approach – Since many skill sets are closely related, construction professionals often move between career paths. In fact the knowledge, skills and abilities developed in one area most often translate as strengths in another.

No matter the path, there are resources to make the journey that much easier. There are also a number of scholarships and other programs to assist students with their education.

Visit the Student Center page for more information and resources for your child.