Twenty-six Surry Early College sophomores recently took a trip to a local construction firm so they could see firsthand the many aspects of the company.
Career Coach Crystal Folger-Hawks, and school counselor Heather Matthews arranged the field trip to Smith-Rowe Inc., where the students learned about the variety of construction projects such as bridges, demolition, grading, concrete, utilities, marine, and highways.
Students had the opportunity to tour the construction yard, shop, and office. Vice President Jody Phillips led the tour and explained to students the complexity of completing construction projects. Human Resources Director Jill Cave and Project Manager Nathan Thomas explained the variety of projects and the skills needed to work in this industry.
Phillips emphasized students could get jobs that required a small amount of education beyond high school all the way to jobs that required a four-year degree in engineering.
Company founder David Rowe shared that he was so happy students came to learn about his business because he saw this as an investment in students. “If you remember to do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life,” Rowe said. He encouraged students to follow their passion while in high school.
“I’m so excited about the relationship between Smith-Rowe and Surry County Schools,” explained Folger-Hawks. “They have opened their business to student interns and school tours. This opportunity allows students an insight into local businesses they hear about or drive by, but have no clue what they do. Students are seeing there are good jobs in our community and that many of these positions pay well and not all require a four-year college degree.”