The Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) and the Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, in Fort Washington, Pa., recently teamed up to host a Building Bright Futures Career Fair for MBIT students. More than 200 students attended the event held at the MBIT campus on March 15.
The HBA created a Workforce Development Council to help address the skilled trades labor shortage the industry faces in the state by partnering with local Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools, said Carla Zapotek, EVP, HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties. The HBA had 30 members in attendance to talk about their companies, how they started their careers, and the job opportunities available.
The fair provided a forum for students to speak directly with local industry partners and learn more about career paths in the skilled trades. Zapotek said that the students who attended the fair knew about the HBA, were polite and respectful, and asked plenty of questions. Throughout the fair students eagerly shared their resumes and career goals.
“We were thrilled to host the HBA for a career fair at MBIT. Not only did our students get to implement their employability skills by meeting with companies and sharing their resumes, but they were also introduced to over 30 industry partners eager to hire a skilled workforce,” said Dr. Mark Covelle, administrative director, MBIT.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) also attended the career fair and spoke with students and industry partners.
“A true win-win for our students and the members of the HBA,” added Dr. Covelle. “We look forward to continued growth in our partnership together.”