Associated General Contractors of America

James Mulvenon / KSMU

Ozarks Technical Community College is teaming up with the Associated General Contractors of Missouri to form a student chapter.

One of the main goals behind the new student organization is to provide more networking opportunities for construction students.

"They're going to start seeing more contractors in front of them saying I'm hiring and this is what I'm looking for," said Justin Frese, who teaches construction technology at OTC.

Ken Simonson
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America says the nation’s construction climate is poised for increased spending and employment, although qualified workers will remain hard to find. 

Ken Simonson offered remarks at the AGC’s annual convention in Branson Wednesday under the title Will 2017 Bring Prosperity or Peril to Construction?

“I think we’ve seen a huge growth in uncertainty since Election Day,” Simonson told KSMU, visiting the studio in Springfield shortly after his speech.