Transcript for Spotlighting students pursuing careers in skilled trades for National Signing Day
I have been looking forward this big day for students pursuing their dreams, skills usa national signing day, did you know that? When hundreds of thousands of young people across the country commit to a career in one of the skilled trades like carpentry or becoming electricians. We'll talk to two of those. First why these careers are so important especially right now. while the pandemic ravaged many sectors of the economy all across the country, the skilled trades are in demand and open for business. A 2020 analysis finding jobs grew rapidly for drywall finishers, tile and stone setters and roofer helpers and the construction industry will need to hire 430,000 more workers in 2021 to meet the growing demand. We need more young skilled labor. If you went and looked at job sites that are out there, think almost every single company is actually looking for help. Ranging from construction, manufacturing to automotive these skills are often learned on the job and typically do not require a bachelor's degree. There's not only one path to success there are many and one of the great paths to succe for many of our students is that to walk right into the skilled workforce. Reporter: Nyssa Lewis and Brian Lopez Mejia are students. They hope to explore a future in carpentry? My mom is Ang immigrant so when she came here, she had to like, you know, really start from the bottom and build her way up and I feel like that's motivated me to do the same. Reporter: Brian's love for hands-on learning instilled from an early age. When I was younger I loved building legos and seeing creations I had in my mind come to life and feel like car penry is similar and everything has meaning to it. What makes Brian such a standout student is everything. He's emerged as like an incredible leader. People say prove your haters wrong. What I like to say prove whoever it may be that believes in you right. For nyssa, she is driven by her mission to help others. When I was younger, I seen a lot of homeless people in the street and always wanted to build shelter for them. So nyssa who has lived in group and foster homes since sixth grade started from scratch. I didn't know anything about carpentry. I didn't know the wood, the dimension, nothing. It definitely was a change for me, but it worked out and I loved it. The first word that comes to mind with nyssa is resilience and nyssa continues to move forward every single day. Just knowing I'm doing something with a purpose just making me want to do even more. And joining us now nyssa and Brian who are going to sign their letters of intent for the skills usa national signing day. Congratulations to both of you. Go ahead, put your signature on there. This is live. And so, nyssa, this is the first step on your way to becoming a carpenter. Tell us what this moment means to you. This moment really means everything to me. You know, I'm closing my chapter in high school and I'm starting my career in carpentry. I'm so proud of you and proud of you too, Brian, because you -- there's a need. We want people to know we need skilled workers. What kind of joy does it bring you working in the craft? So the joy that it brings me, you know, there's many reasons behind it but I would say the main reason is that in carpentry you're able to build whatever is on your mind. You know you sketch it out on paper and draw the dimensions then you're able to see it come to life with like your hands and being able to work through it so I feel like just being able to see my creations come to life is what brings joy to me. Knowing that everything I build has a meaning behind it. Ah, beautifully said. Okay, both of you, I want you to take a look at your letter of intent with the red outline. You can pull them off the poster. Turn around. Pull them off the poster. No way. What do you see? No way. $5,000 scholarship. That's crazy. From our friends at 84 they want to help you on your bath -- path to your carpentry career. Will it help you. Most definitely. A lot. Not only that, 84 lumber and its great president, Maggie hardy Knox want to get you started off right and give you an iPad and the tools that you need to set you up for success. What do you think about that, Brian? No way. That is awesome. That's crazy. That's crazy. What do you want to tell folks about the careers that you are pursuing, about the need? You know, often of times we highlight student athletes when they sign their letter of intent and that's great but we wanted to show others like yourself how important do you think it is to get the word out about the careers that you can have in some different areas? Nyssa, I'll let you start. Well, you know, I think that it's very important for people to go into the field whether it's carpentry, masonry, any field you can put your mind to. We are really struggling with people. Doesn't matter if you are a man, woman, anything. It's important. You should always do what you set your mind to. And Brian, what do you say? To build off what nyssa said, you know, like the union and things of that nature, you know, skilled laborer, it's something that needs to be filled. There is a large gap and I feel like this is a great workforce for all of us to get into. You two are fantastic. So happy. So happy for you both and 84 lumber for giving you a little help that I'm sure you'll appreciate. So you all take care. Keep in touch. Love to know what happens on down the line. Will do. Take care.
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