Trades Workers Turn Out for Careers in Construction Day

Cedric Jones

At CTET Job Fair Employers from Around Region Look to Fill Openings

The College of Southern Maryland welcomed more than 100 trades workers to the first Careers in Construction Day job fair Dec. 7 at the Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) in Waldorf.

Attendees at the event were able to meet with professional organizations seeking entry-level and experienced workers with backgrounds in project management, electrical, welding, plumbing, carpentry, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in construction is expected to rise by 33 percent, or 1.8 million jobs, by the year 2020. Center Director Dr. Ricky Godbolt said he wants to make sure CTET students and residents of the tri-county area are qualified and ready to fill those jobs.

            “As the population increases in the D.C. Metro area there will always be a need to build and maintain structures to meet demand,” said Godbolt.

For information on training in the trades, visit the CTET Open House 4:30 to 6 p.m., Jan. 17 or go to


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CSM Career Starters Open House at Center for Trades and Energy Training.  4:30 to 6 p.m., Jan. 17, CSM Center for Trades and Energy Training, 17 Irongate Drive, Waldorf. The College of Southern Maryland is hosting a Career Starters program open house to introduce its slate of non-credit training courses for people who want to kick start a new career in the trades in 10 to 16 weeks. Career Starter programs offer training and classes in short sequences for students to gain skills quickly to enter the workforce. During the open house, prospective students can learn about electrical, HVAC, welding, carpentry and plumbing courses, about financial assistance options, and registration. Attendees can enter a drawing for an instant scholarship for the Spring 2013 Semester. 301-934-7765 or