COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "We need more civil engineers, we need more engineers, architects, they're good professions," said Bob Koenig.
Bob Koenig, the President of Manhattan Construction might be looking at the faces of future employees. These Barron Collier High School students have chosen to fill their class schedule with architecture and design classes. Many say it has helped steer their future career path.
"I wanted to be an engineer, but I didn't know what type I wanted to be. But since I found this class, I decided with civil engineer," said Carrie Lenberger, a senior at Barron Collier.
"I wanted to be a vet because I love animals, but then I got into this class and I changed it to civil engineering," said senior student David Toomey.
And the students debuted their year-long work of designing their dream homes to professionals in the construction industry. The hope is to build relationships, gain feedback, maybe one day land an internship or a job.
"What I saw today is equivalent to a lot of things we're seeing in the construction industry, the detail in their drawings rival what we see in the real world," said Dan Adams, the Senior Project Manager with Stevens Construction.
It's a three year program. And they begin by learning how to mechanically draft, drawing by hand. Before it turns a game on the computer
"Once you get to the color and the animation, the students are actually playing a video game and they don't know it that they're learning," said their teacher Howard Berryman.
And learning to put their future in their hands.