January 2020 Vol. 75 No. 1


Rosendin Engages, Encourages Students in Construction Careers

Electrical contractor Rosendin participated in the 18th Annual Arizona Construction Career Days, held at the Arizona Army National Guard in Phoenix. Nearly 3,500 students and 400 teachers from 130 schools and 12 counties attended, traveling from as far as Yuma, Winslow and the Navajo Reservation. 

Run by the Association for Construction and Career Development (ACCD), the two-day event exposes young people to new career options they may not otherwise have considered, that do not necessarily require a college degree.

“These events are important because when schools cut vocational programs, it began changing society’s perception of skilled trades, and we need people now more than ever,” said Mike Greenawalt, senior vice president
at Rosendin, about joining the Career Days for the second, consecutive year.

Rosendin offered participating students several hands-on demonstrations with technology that has changed the industry, such as computer modeling and augmented reality. Volunteers from the company’s Tempe office also taught students how to wire a light, fabricate tubes, and bend conduit pipe. 

In addition, visitors to the Rosendin booth learned about its apprenticeship programs, which offer students hands-on learning, while earning a paycheck and attending classes once a week. Out-of-pocket costs for a four-year, electrical apprenticeship with Rosendin and the Phoenix Electrical JATC are about $8,000.

“Construction is an honorable field that rewards the values of dedication, excellence, and pride in workmanship,” said Rose Ann Conizales, ACCD president. “We thank Rosendin and the 65 other exhibiting partners for supporting this event and demonstrating to young people the successful lives one can have in the construction science field.”

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is a 100-year-old, electrical contractor that builds quality electrical and communications installations. With about $2 billion in revenues and employing more than 7,000 people, it’s one of the largest employee-owned electrical contractors in the United States. 


Rosendin, (408) 286-2800, rosendin.com

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