MILWAUKEE — As the job market searches for its newest group of workers, Milwaukee Public Schools hosted the Building Trades Career Fair, hoping to inspire the next generation.
More than 200 MPS high school juniors and seniors spent their Wednesday learning all about the world of skilled labor, from the different career opportunities to the thousands of dollars in earning potential available.
“Young people: you are here today for a golden opportunity. This could be your passport to your career,” said MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley.
Weaving through the booths at the Department of Facilities and Maintenance Services, a road leads interested applicants through their job search, with knowledgeable leaders there to answer any and all questions they may have.
For some students, that pathway has guided them to a bright future.
“It just opened my world up. I know I like to use my hands, but there's so many different ways to use them. I learned way more skills than I ever have before. It just opened up a whole new world for me. I learned a lot and I'm still learning more,” said Marquis Brisco II, MPS Graduate and Carpentry Apprentice.
“This is a great opportunity and if a younger guy like me or any youth decides they don't want to go to college, this is a great alternative,” said Marquavion Banks, MPS Senior and Youth Apprentice.
Students tell TMJ4 that spending the day learning everything there is to know about this new world gives them hope for what’s available to them once they leave high school.