Construction industry builds links with students

Nine keen high school and college students with interests in the field of construction got some first-hand experience and mentoring in the industry when they worked recently with the Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors and Engineers, known as CASE. 

Rakeem Martin, Kadeem Gordon, Brandon Williams, Stephen Batgidis, Stephanie Christian, Jordan Pierre, Andrew Christian, Blakely Maynard and Joseph Burey were selected by CASE for their interest in potential careers as architects, surveyors, engineers and project managers. 

More students will have an opportunity to be involved in this program in the coming school year, with the next instance beginning in December 2015, organizers of the program said. 

High school and college students in their final year of study who are both interested in a career in the industry and have exceptional attainments in English, mathematics, science, and the arts will be considered for selection. 

The CASE mentorship program involves on-site visits for the students, during which they are able to learn about building techniques and proper safety procedures, as well as observe and learn about different architectural styles and methods. 

This was the fifth run of the program, with a graduation ceremony held on May 27 to honor the students’ commitment and drive, according to a statement from CASE. The students’ mentors, executives from CASE, and MLA Winston Connolly were in attendance to congratulate the students for their hard work. 

John Harvey, director of the program, said, “CASE recognized a growing need to invest in the next generation of construction professionals, equipping them with the necessary experience and education to become leaders of Cayman’s future development.” 

Mr. Harvey’s goal with the program is to encourage students to “dream big and realize a career in engineering, architecture or any area of construction is within their reach.” 

CASE intends to extend its reach further and include post-graduate and licensure training in the program so as to cater to university graduates as well as those already in the industry, Mr. Harvey said. 

High school and college students celebrate completing their mentorship program with CASE.