Skilled to Work: MCEF trains students in construction

A state-wide organization has expanded its summer camp with a goal to educate and train high school students in the field of construction.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 10:40 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2019 9:33 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A state-wide organization has expanded its summer camp with a goal to educate and train high school students in the field of construction.

"I'm proud to see that these kids, who know nothing to start with, have been able to put something together," said Mike Barkett, president of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF).

This is the third year MCEF has hosted its iBuild camp and the first year to host one at Mississippi State University. This camp is open to students in 8-12 grades.

According to Barkett, they see students from across the nation. At this summer's first iBuild camp, MCEF welcomed students from Alabama, Chicago, Florida and several parts of the north Mississippi.

MCEF provides students with a hard hat, an apron, gloves and goggles on their first day to begin building a wildlife observation tower.

"We've modified them," Barkett said. "We've put sinks in them. We've run electricity in them. So, they got to see what a carpenter will do, what an electrician does, and what a plumber does."

After the four-day camp, the next generation leaves knowing a new skill, and there are many career options post-graduation.  

The next iBuild camp this summer will be held at the University of Southern Mississippi from July 14 through July 18. 

To learn more about MCEF, visit their website at mcef.net

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