Local teens get hands on with construction as part of summer program

WEST FARGO. N.D. ( Valley News Live ) - “Every year it seems like it’s harder and harder to get young people involved in the industry” says Dave Anderson of Dave Anderson Construction in Moorhead Mn.

As part of Herdina Academy professionals like Anderson volunteer their years of expertise to get hands-on in teaching local teens from North Dakota and Minnesota.

This year about a dozen students are part of two week program organized by Minnesota State Technical and Community College.

Students work side-by-side with industry and education professionals, learning about their jobs, the tools they use, the safety requirements and skills required for satisfying and well-paying careers.

Organizers say there's such a need for skilled workers it’s important to have such the opportunity to get hands on experience.

“The numbers and the data are out there are showing that career opportunities for two year type degrees...vocational degrees are everywhere you look. There pay is often times going to be much better than a 4 year degree right out of college...and they're going to get it two years out," said Herdina Academy Instructor, Dave Gravdahl.

There's a $25 fee to apply and upon completion students may earn high school credit or three college credits through M-State.

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