What kid doesn’t love big trucks and tractors? Turning this love into an opportunity to plant seeds for future careers was the goal of the first annual Careers on Wheels Open House held at East Elementary in Independence on May 15.
ECI REC Lineman Brian Reidy represented East-Central Iowa REC with one of the Cooperative’s bucket trucks. He showcased the truck’s equipment, as well as some of the gear line workers wear.
“This was a great opportunity to spark kids’ interest in trade career opportunities,” said ECI REC CEO Steve Marlow. “There will always be a need for these jobs—the trades provide young adults with a very viable alternative to the four-year-or-more college degree.”
Preschoolers through second graders and their families joined in the fun from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thanks to participation from over 15 organizations, kids got to explore a cement truck, a fire engine, a semi, an ambulance, a garbage truck, an end loader, a Humvee, a bulldozer, a road grader, and even the LifeGuard helicopter. They were encouraged to climb into the vehicles, check out the onboard equipment, and ask questions. “We hope this hands-on approach leads to interest in trade careers right here in these kids’ own communities,” said Marlow.