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Student competition inspires skilled work force

Milwaukee — High school students from around the Atlanta region have the unique opportunity to learn about interesting careers, meet potential employers, gain new skills and have fun by participating in the 2011 Construction Challenge.

The Construction Challenge is different than other student competitions because it is connected to an industry actively looking for talented and motivated individuals for a wide range of careers that directly contribute to a high quality of life for all.

The construction industry still faces a severe shortage of qualified workers to meet future needs and will create more than 1 million new jobs by 2012.

Students who participate in the nationwide competition will learn about rewarding, interesting and lucrative careers in the industry, from engineering, project management and service technicians, to sales, marketing, systems and related jobs.

The Construction Challenge is a joint effort by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, presenting sponsor Volvo Construction Equipment and Destination ImagiNation.

The Construction Challenge offers a chance for students, teachers, parents and community leaders to learn more about the relationship between construction, infrastructure and quality of life and the industry's need for skilled employees to tackle infrastructure problems of crumbling bridges, overcrowded roadways and aging water and waste water systems.

Up to 50 teams of students will participate in each regional qualifying rally to secure their spot in the finals of the 2011 Construction Challenge held in March in Las Vegas during one of the world's largest trade shows, CONEXPO/CON-AGG.

Teams of five to seven Atlanta-area students can register with their adult team manager via http://www.constructionchallenge.org/ and find full details.

The eight Regional Rallies will be held on January 15, 2011 in cities around the nation, including Atlanta.