Steve East with Laborers Local 213 talked with students about career and apprenticeship opportunities at the April 20, 2022 Career Fair held at South Side High School in Fort Wayne.
Ron Anderson and Joe from the Ironworkers Local 147 taught our club members 6 knots that every construction worker needs to know. Each one has a unique purpose in the construction world and it’s important to know when and how to use them. They started with the Square Knot, secure and stable and used to tie 2 ropes together. The Clove Hitch, stays secure and does not slip, used to secure a rope to a post or tree. The Bowline, creates a loop at the end of the rope that won’t shrink or expand. A Bowline on a Bike, similar to the regular Bowline except it’s in the middle of the rope. The Figure 8, creates a stopping point in the rope. And finally the Sheet Bend, this knot is used to join two ropes of different materials or thicknesses. The club kids loved learning to tie all of these and even added an extra one to the lesson, the Lasso. Not used in construction, but loved by kids everywhere.
The Ironworks also gave the club members a lesson in reading a tape measure and why it is important to know the value of each line between the inch marks.
Thank you Ron and Joe for working with our kids this week.
Article submitted by Sheri Tatman, Fundraising & Marketing Manager
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Sunday, March 6 NEICA/NEIBT had great turnout for our first ever Construction Career Job Fair hosted before a Mad Ants game in the Century Club Room. We invited students from Garrett High School, the Impact Center of Kendallville and Fort Wayne Community School Career Academy. There were fifteen tables of contractors and union apprenticeship programs ready to give the students the information to continue a career in construction. It was great to see parents and instructors from the programs in attendance too!
What a great success FWCS had at their competition this past Saturday at the Career Academy. These high school students really showed their enthusiasm for a career in construction!