About 150 area high schoolers came to Expo Gardens to learn about different careers within the transportation industry. Students received information, and there was also some hands on learning. University representatives were on hand to talk about what degree it might take for a particular career.
I-DOT's Peoria Director of Highways, Joe Crowe said it was a great opportunity to tell students about what kinds of jobs are out there.
"Everything from running equipment to learning about traffic engineering, to learning about areal surveys. Just giving them kind of an idea of what's going on so they can consider this as a career," Crowe said.
The department of labor is expecting about one-million new construction industry jobs by 2016. I-DOT says many jobs will open up in other sectors of transportation as well as baby boomers retire in the next few years.