5th Annual educational event adds themed stations, kinesthetic learning, and careers benefitting the environment
Over 60 years ago, John F. Kennedy started National Public Works Day to educate the public on the departments that run the water, sewer, building, watershed, transportation, recycling and refuse industries in the U.S. today.
In what is becoming a favorite educational experience- more than 1,000 Ventura County school children, teachers, parents and guests were in attendance at this year’s enhanced event that featured more than 23 heavy equipment demonstrations and 35 interactive booths, including a large career day booth for youth and the public.
This free event was located in Ventura County’s Government Center Parking Lot G where attendees had the opportunity to learn about the most recent innovations in safety, science and environmental sustainability. The newly created thematic zoned stations featured booths on Native Drought Resistant Plants, the County’s Raptor Program, building and safety, engineering STEM, and technology in public transportation to the always-popular live demonstrations of heavy equipment in action that highlighted the five departments of VCPWA.
In addition to careers in public works, General Services Agency (GSA) and County Human Resources arranged an expanded career booth where employees provided information to students as well as attendees looking to explore county and public works career paths.
VCPWA’s National Public Works Week (NPWW) event has grown tremendously since launching in 2012 with more than 700 students in attendance of last year’s event.