Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo teaches students about the trade industry


CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Whether it’s getting the chance to operate heavy machinery, finish concrete or lay bricks, thousands of students across the region are getting the chance this week learn about careers in the skilled trades.

Members of the Western Reserve Building Trades Council are holding their annual Skilled Trades Shows at the Canfield Fairgrounds this week.

It gives middle and high school students the chance to see the equipment up close and even try it out for themselves.

“We learned what machines they use to operate, how many people they have on a job at a time,” said Boardman High School student Josh Segool.

A valuable lesson in all of this is that some of the age-old stereotypes about jobs no longer apply.

“It’s really important because a lot of this stuff here is ‘man stuff,’ but it shows us that women can do it too,” said Campbell High School student Miykeia Vaughn.

The building trades have been leading the event since 2019. This year, they wanted more hands-on activities for students.

“You know that old adage, ‘Tell me, maybe I’ll remember. Show me, I can forget (involve me and I learn). “Well, get those kids involved. They’ll be excited and that’s what we’re doing this year,” said Tony Ditommaso of Western Reserve Building Trades.

Organizers say that while not all students will choose a career in the trades, it could offer valuable life skills.

“If things broke down like your car or something in your house, you would know what to do,” Pat West said.

Another session is scheduled for Thursday.


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