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Students Explore Career Opportunities At Annual Union Apprenticeship Expo

SUFFERN, NY—High school students from across the Hudson Valley met with building trade experts to participate in skills-building activities and learn about union careers at the 24th Annual Hudson Valley Construction Career Day scheduled on Fri., April 12 ,2024. More than 700 students filled the Rockland Community College Fieldhouse in Suffern to explore diverse careers in the construction and the building trades, and to learn about the financial and educational advantages of apprenticeship training. Representatives from the unions and private-sector companies engaged the students in demonstrations such as welding, carpentry and soldering.

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1 – Students from North Rockland High School received pointers in masonry from instructor Ronald Jean of Bricklayers Local 1 at the 24th annual Hudson Valley Construction Career Day in Rockland County.

2 – Teamsters L.U. 456 of Elmsford, NY arrived with a truck-cab simulator for students to explore indoors and heavy duty dump trucks parked outside with drivers to discuss career opportunities.

3 – The Jobs of Tomorrow: Apprentice instructors introduced students to a future of new technology, requiring technical training and advanced skills as the Building Trades evolves from blue collar to new collar.

4 – “Live” demonstrations of various craft union activities, including plumbing, welding, masonry, carpentry and metal work, were presented at the Hudson Valley Construction Career Day for high school students, staged at the Rockland Community College Field House in Ramapo, NY April 12.

5 – Plumbers & Steamfitters L.U. 21 showcasing some of the tools and skills needed for a career in the Building Trades. Michael Bonet, 17, a senior at Cornwall-on-Hudson High School said he plans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps following graduation.

6 – Welding always attracts attention. Ironworkers L.U. 417 and 580 were among the 17 trade locals attending the apprenticeship career exposition.

7 – From left, Rockland County College President Lester Sandres Rapalo, RCC Provost Dr. Victoria Ukachukwu, HVCIP Program Director Lucy Redzposki and Mary Jane Bertram of the Workforce Development Institute, the major event sponsor.

8 – Students climbed in the cabs of heavy construction equipment provided, courtesy of Teamsters L.U. 456 of Elmsford, NY, and Operating Engineers L.U. 137 of Briarcliff Manor, NY.

9 – Brendan Rotermund, 19, a senior from Middletown, NY, receives instruction from Laborers Local 60 training instructor Jeff Black, left, and Local 60 organizer Dwayne Farquharson, with the confined-space tripod—actual equipment used in Laborers Local 60’s confined space training class offered at its apprenticeship training center in Brewster, NY.

Photos in center:

Top – V.I.P.s, public officials, instructors, chaperones attending the 24th Annual Hudson Valey Construction Career expo. For information about apprenticeship programs, visit For information about upcoming CIC and BCA events, visit

Middle – Loryn Riker, 18, attends high school in Nyack, NY. 

Bottom – Matt Ross of Carpenters L.U. 297 with colleagues explaining some of the tools of the trade to inquiring students.

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