Thursday, January 2, 2014

Turner Teaches City Springs Students about the Construction Industry

Turner Construction Community Affairs Director
Dexter L. Hendricks with City Springs Students
Since October, students at City Springs Elementary/Middle School have been learning about the construction industry, courtesy of Turner Construction Company's Youthforce 2020 program and Turner Construction Community Affairs Director Dexter L. Hendricks.

The Youthforce 2020 program adopts middle schools and high schools in Baltimore to educate students about the field of construction and engineering. Mr. Hendricks meets with middle grades students at City Springs once a month to explore a variety of topics including: estimating the cost of a construction project; green building and design; Building Information Modeling; and project management. As part of the course, students will visit a construction site and work in teams to complete a construction project from budgeting to final presentation.

Youthforce 2020 was created by Turner, first as a company-wide program in 1989 and then brought to the Baltimore business unit in 2006 to expose minority students to the construction industry and encourage them to attend college and study civil, electrical, mechanical engineering, construction management or architecture.

The program promotes diversity across race, gender, age, and leadership by encouraging K-12 students to stay in school while providing construction awareness, and increasing the number of minorities and women in the construction industry.

We would like to thank Turner Construction and Mr. Hendricks for providing this wonderful experience for our students. For more information about Youthforce 2020 visit: