Guest speakers included Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs and Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen, who emphasized the growing demand for skilled trade workers. Hobbs shared that Phoenix is second in the nation for active construction projects, with 37,000 new jobs expected in Arizona by 2031. Events like AZCCD attract young people into the construction industry, strengthening the workforce pipeline for construction companies that support regional growth.
“The construction industry continues to face a shortage of skilled workers. A goal of the annual AZCCD event is to highlight local training opportunities that are emerging,” said Rose Ann Canizales, President of AZCCD. “We want students to get excited about all the opportunities that are out there, and by bringing together construction companies from around Arizona and nationwide, we can do that."
Rosendin’s booth allowed students to explore technology advancing the construction industry. Students learned how computer modeling is applied to construction projects and were guided on using Microsoft HoloLens and Oculus 2 VR goggles to build a model car through an augmented reality training program.
"We want students to recognize that technology is advancing at a rapid rate and that construction career roles are changing with it,” said Mike Greenawalt, CEO of Rosendin. “Electrical work supports modern-day automation, control systems, renewable energy sources, power distribution, and so much more. We encourage students interested in learning about technological advancements to consider a career within the construction industry, where innovations such as augmented reality and 360 cameras are already in use."
For over 20 years, AZCCD has promoted career opportunities in the construction industry, connecting 40,000 Arizona students to companies and training opportunities. Rosendin participates in and sponsors the event each year.