Press Release
April 22, 2016

High school students spend day at concrete and asphalt plants in Redwood City

REDWOOD CITY – Graniterock will host more than 50 high school students for a hands-on construction experience at its asphalt and concrete plants in Redwood City.

This unique field trip begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2at 330 Blomquist St., Redwood City.

A select group of teens from San Jose’s James Lick High School and Watsonville High School are members of the Construction Academy, a club sponsored by Graniterock that introduces potential career opportunities in the heavy civil construction and construction materials industries to high school students.

Construction Academy teens will enjoy an interactive day focused on the production of construction materials used to build roads, highways, airport runways and bridges. They’ll have an opportunity to see how rock is taken from its raw form and processed through the plant and turned into asphalt and concrete. Trucks will be loaded with the materials and sent to various construction job sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.

“We’ve designed the day give students a true sense of what it’s like to work at Graniterock’s high volume materials plants,” said Vice President Kevin Jeffery. “If we’re lucky, a few of them will be interested enough to pursue a career in the construction field after high school or college.”

The Construction Academy was designed to help tackle the workforce shortage plaguing construction firms across California. As industry veterans begin to retire in high numbers, there aren’t enough young people waiting in the wings. The Construction Academy provides learning experiences to inspire and engage students in learning about the construction industry.

Media members are invited to join us for the field trip in Redwood City and talk to students and Graniterock people to learn more. Watch more here