As skilled trades people retire, the construction workforce is dwindling across the country. Now, one group hopes to change that.
As part of "Construction Awareness Day," the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota hosted 150 high school students from around the region.
The students were able to try their hands at navigating construction equipment, as well as surveying and working at electrical stations.
It is all part of an effort to showcase careers in the construction industry.
"If we keep going the way we're going, an hour's worth of a plumber is going to cost as much as an hour's worth of a psychiatrist. At which point we'll need both. We need to replenish our workforce. There's plenty of opportunities, and we need to promote that and start to talk about the opportunities for high school students to get into a career in construction," said Ben Holst from the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota.
There will be another Construction Awareness Day event next Tuesday at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Aberdeen.