By: Crispin Havener
Hundreds of local students got a firsthand look at a very important trade today.
8th graders from several area schools learned about the construction field at the Construction Career Expo in Rock Island. Students will rotate through a dozen informational booths and even got to pound some nails and help wire a circuit.
Expo organizers say it's important for kids to think about their futures.
"Now is a great time," says Matt Lienen, a coordinator for Plumbers and Pipefitters. "Because in 8th grade they can prepare their high school class schedules right now, so they can get a game plan heading into high school to take math and science and hands-on shop type classes."
The career expo runs through Friday.