CINCINNATI -- Wednesday marked a new beginning for dozens of recent construction graduates moving on to build a career.
After a 12-week construction education program, 27 participants of the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency's C-10 Jumpstart program graduated and will get to start new careers.
"It's awesome to know that even for someone like myself that is working already in a field, there are more options out there," construction graduate Tasha Easley said.
As part of the Ohio Valley Construction Education Foundation, the students were able to register for trade apprenticeship programs available throughout Northern Kentucky and Ohio.
Graduate Mark Davis earned recognition as the hardest-working student. For his efforts, he also received a free car.
"In the construction field, it takes transportation," Davis said. "It's one of the main things in the field and I didn't have it, so it was one of the biggest burdens for me."
With that overcome, he'll be able to focus on the job hunt. The graduation ceremony was followed by a construction career job fair at the Duke Energy Convention Center.