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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2007


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IDOT Introduces Students to a Variety of Careers in Transportation

Department hosts Career Day for students to learn about engineering technology, surveying, trades and safety engineering

SPRINGFIELD- Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Milton Sees welcomed central Illinois students to the agency’s first ever Career Day in Springfield today. This event brought together dozens of companies to introduce young people to the many rewarding opportunities in the transportation industry. The event was aimed at students in the greater Springfield and Decatur areas.

“This first ever Career Day provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the transportation industry,” said Sees. “Jobs in the transportation field serve the public in so many different ways. Our goal is to reach students at an early age and to open their eyes to professionally and financially rewarding careers in the transportation sector.”

The careers highlighted included civil engineering, engineering technology, safety engineering, and surveying and construction trades. According to the Department of Labor, the number of wage and salary jobs in the construction industry is expected to grow approximately 15 percent through the year 2012 and numerous job opportunities in other sectors of transportation are expected to open as baby boomers retire.

In addition to hearing about specific career opportunities, students were also provided a bag containing information on construction careers, including brochures and bookmarks. Career Day attendees also received items provided by Federal, State, and local agencies and industry partners such as a hard hat, and safety glasses.

IDOT worked together with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and a variety of other state and private organizations to put on the Career Day event. For more information regarding IDOT’s first annual Career Day…log onto http://www.dot.il.gov/.

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