Student Outreach

The career opportunities that exist in the field of public works are vast. There are great jobs with the only educational requirement being a high school diploma, while others may offer on-the-job training or apprenticeships. There are also exciting career paths that require vocational/technical degrees, associate degrees, undergraduate degrees, and graduate level degrees.

The following outreach materials can be used to help you create a powerful outreach program in your community to create awareness and enhance understanding of public works activities and career options.

Shaping the World of Public Works Booklet

The new Shaping the World of Public Works Booklet is perfect for use with both secondary schools and community outreach efforts. This 20-page, full-color, informational booklet on public works careers is a fantastic item to get into students' hands at outreach presentations, career fairs, community events, and during National Public Works Week activities. With its sturdy construction, it is a great tool to provide tangible information about opportunities in public works for students, teachers, parents, and candidates.

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Career Cross-reference Chart

This printable SWPW Career Chart provides a downloadable option of the chart included in the booklet. The chart cross-references 150 popular public works positions to their career clusters while providing working environment, required education, and average salary. This easy-to-print item provides immediate access to the information included on the chart in the booklet. This is a great way to preview what the materials include or to provide information to an individual.

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Outreach ToolBox

The following templates can be used to help plan outreach activities:

Use these action planning templates to organize the steps to a successful outreach program:

I Am Public Works Video

This fast-paced, edgy video helps viewers define "public works" and understand the diverse and exciting career opportunities available. The video features people who keep our cities and towns running smoothly every day and the kinds of exciting projects they work on.

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