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The College of Southern Maryland welcomed more than 100 trades workers to the first Careers in Construction Day job fair Dec. 7 at the Center for Trades and Energy Training in Waldorf.

Attendees at the event were able to meet with professional organizations seeking entry-level and experienced workers with backgrounds in project management, electrical, welding, plumbing, carpentry, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in construction is expected to rise by 33 percent, or 1.8 million jobs, by the year 2020.

Center Director Ricky Godbolt said he wants to make sure CTET students and residents of the tri-county area are qualified and ready to fill those jobs.

“As the population increases in the D.C. metro area, there will always be a need to build and maintain structures to meet demand,” Godbolt said.

For information on training in the trades, visit the CTET open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 10 and 17 or go to