Schools & Civil Construction Education: How They Can Help Indiana Thrive

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55% of High School students say they are not planning on attending college.

Over 50% of Indiana’s roads are in fair or poor condition.

What do these two statistics have in common? They can both help be solved by better utilizing and optimizing Indiana’s education system through re-educating teachers on civil construction.

Students Need Help with Their Future

As students begin to reach the age where they start to think about “what’s next” after high school, they need more guidance than ever.

Traditionally, teachers may push going to college as the main pathway for students.

However, times are changing, and more high school seniors than ever are opting out of college for a variety of reasons. 

Those reasons include the following:

  • Too expensive/do not want to take on (more) debt
  • Too stressful/too much pressure
  • More important to get a job and make money
  • Family obligations
  • Did not enjoy going to school

When college is not an option for students, they can feel lost. 

This is why having Schools and teachers better highlight the advantages of a career in road building can benefit students. You are providing them with a fantastic alternative that gives them many of the benefits they are looking for.

How Road Building can Help Schools and Educators

The road-building industry in Indiana is a powerful sector with reach in all corners of the state.

In an industry as critical to the state’s success as road building, the individuals working for these companies reap various benefits.

From job security to high starting salaries, getting involved in civil construction and road building has proven to be an excellent career for young people.

Reasons Why Road Building Makes Sense for Young People.

A career that matters

In a generation where 50% of jobs require a medium level or higher digital skills, there is still a population of young people who want to work on tangible products or are not stuck behind a desk.

One of the most significant benefits of working on roads is the feeling that you are doing work that matters and affects the lives of your friends, family, and community.

80% of young people (aged 18-30) said they want to work on something they are passionate about. 

Building and maintaining the infrastructure to keep your state moving is a great driver of passion for individuals in the industry, young and old.

Job Security

The available work for construction workers will continue to grow in the coming years.

“Between 2003 and 2020, the percentage of construction workers aged 55 and over nearly doubled, from 11.5 percent to 22.7 percent. In part, this increase reflects the aging of the population. For the employed overall, the share of those aged 55 and over increased from 15.4 percent to 23.9 percent over the same period. However, the increase was more pronounced for the construction industry than for employment overall.”

Self Employment Opportunities

If your students are looking for jobs where they can be their boss, then show them construction! 

According to the 2019 American Community Survey, 22% (2.4 million) of construction workers are self-employed, down from a record high of more than 26% in 2010.

How Schools Can Help Indiana’s Infrastructure

College dropout rates are rising, with 32.9% of undergraduates not completing their degrees. 

Numbers like this may indicate a turn in the higher education perception for today’s students.

Give your students another option for success by introducing them to a career in civil construction through thorough education.

This is where Work In Roads can help; please reach out to us today to see how your school can introduce the Civil Construction Pathway to its students and help prepare them for a lucrative career.