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Recruiting high school graduates to the trades

Published: May. 26, 2022 at 6:36 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Construction is booming in the F-M metro, with new homes and commercial buildings going up quickly. With the demand for construction comes a higher demand for people to go into the trades.

With more than one thousand F-M students set to receive their high school diploma this May, the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead hopes to recruit more students to the construction trades industry.

For the first time in two years, the Herdina Construction Trades Camp is back to offer teens a hands-on experience in the construction industry.

Construction Management Instructor Brooks Pederson teaches the 10-day camp at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead. For $100, any 15 to 20-year-old in the F-M metro can enroll in the camp.

The camp exposes students to several specialty occupations within the construction industry including carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, and print reading. During the week-long camp, the students will build observation bridges that will be used at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds for its Corn Maze.

The two week camps lasts from June 6-10 and 13-17. Each day classes go from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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