PEORIA, Ill. -- Hundreds of eighth graders from around central Illinois took a break from the textbooks this week and dove into some hands on learning.
It is all part of the 16th Annual Construction Industry Career Expo.
Students learned the basics of different areas of construction like laying brick, fixing a sink and using a jackhammer.
Clinton Drury with the Building and Construction Trades Council said it is important students are exposed to various trades because it allows them to learn on the spot.
"When you go out here and you run a jackhammer, a tamper, the electricians, where they actually assemble the wires to make a light work, just practical applications that you don't get in the classroom that you get on the job or that you get in our apprenticeship programs, it might just click with somebody," Drury said.
Drury adds not all students have a desire to go to college, but instead attend vocational school for a specific trade and this is the perfect way to expose students to those trades.