On Thursday, May 20, 2021, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain hosted over 50 exhibitors in the Carpentry, Masonry, Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing trades at a Construction Career Fair. The event, coordinated by the Minority Construction Council (MCC) and sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT), the City of Hartford, ABC Connecticut, Associated General Contractors of CT (AGC CT), and the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA), showcased careers in the construction trade that are available around the state for the students in attendance from E.C. Goodwin as well as students from A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford.
One exhibitor, Lawson Power Source in Hartford, was manned by owner Victor Lawson and technician Alexis Diaz, both alumni from A.I. Prince Technical High School.
“A lot of kids don’t understand how important it is to go into the blue-collar trades” said Lawson. “Over the years, we’ve been pushed to go to college and become a doctor or attorney, and then you get a shortage of talent out in the trade fields. It’s like a lost art. So here they get to see how important it is first-hand. These students have an edge over every high school student right now, they have a trade underneath their belt.”
The Minority Construction Council also awarded $500 scholarships to two students from E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in the Carpentry trade, Tabetha Trammel and Marangelis Gonzalez. The scholarship is awarded to Connecticut high school seniors of ethnic minority decent that are enrolled in the Architecture, Carpentry, Electrical, Masonry, Plumbing, or Welding trade and are in good academic standing.