The Trades Panel took place at Arcata High School on September 24th, 2018 and was open to the public. Pacific Builders, co-founder, Tony Lucchesi, took part alongside Dale Maples, Kerry Mayer, Chris Albright, Jack Shepard and Jim Ritter in sharing opportunities about careers in the trades.
The goal of the evening was to share "information about awesome jobs, careers and job readiness training pathways that are available to students who are willing to work hard, learn and apply themselves."
The discussion was also filmed for use in classrooms.
Jack Shepard who is the HCOE Trades Academy instructor, brought his rolling Trades Academy classroom with him that evening. He provided the steps needed for students who were interested in applying to the academy.
Trade careers have been on the decline over the last couple of decades. With retirement approaching for many in the trades field, the opportunity and necessity of trade workers is becoming a more immediate concern. The good news is people who enjoy an hands-on career will have many opportunities over the coming years.