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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2008


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IDOT Showcases Variety of Careers in Transportation for High School Students

Second Annual Career Day Hosted at Illinois State Fairgrounds


SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Milton R. Sees welcomed central Illinois students to the agency’s second annual Career Day at the Illinois State Fairgrounds today. The event brought together dozens of companies to introduce Illinois youth from all over central Illinois to the many rewarding opportunities in the transportation industry.

“Career Day 2007 was such a huge success that there was no question that we would repeat the event. Jobs in the transportation field serve the public in so many different ways,” IDOT Secretary Milton R. Sees said. “Our goal is to reach students at an early age and open their eyes to professionally and financially rewarding careers in the transportation sector.”

With Career Day being held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the number of student participation doubled to about 600 students in attendance from nearly 20 different high schools. Students were treated to over 35 exhibits, hands-on activities and several pieces of heavy equipment used to build and maintain Illinois’ system of highways and bridges.

The careers highlighted included civil engineering, engineering technology, safety engineering, and surveying and construction trades. According to the U.S. 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 about construction careers, including brochures and bookmarks. Career Day attendees also received items such as a hard hat, and safety glasses provided by Federal, State, and local agencies and industry partners.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) partnered with representatives of the transportation industry, educational institutions and community-based organizations to host this event. For more information regarding IDOT’s second annual Career Day log onto http://www.dot.il.gov.

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