Mankato-area students learn about construction careers

Nearly 1,000 Mankato-area high school students are participating Tuesday and Wednesday in Construct Tomorrow, an apprentice program of the Mankato Building Trades to provide a hands-on introduction to careers in the skilled building trades.
This interactive career fair features skilled construction trades, including boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, cement mason, electricians, floor coverers, iron workers, laborers, plumbers and pipefitters, roofers, sheet metal workers and more. The trainers provide hands-on experiences for students to learn about union apprenticeship training programs and careers in the construction industry.
The event is free and open to all high school students. It runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Verizon Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato.
“Mankato and southwest Minnesota are in the middle of a construction boom, and at the same time, we have experienced hands leaving to enjoy a well-deserved retirement,” said Mankato Building Trades President Stacey Karels.
“The Mankato Building Trades are looking for the next generation of craftsmen and women who aren’t afraid to work hard and tackle new challenges on a daily basis. Construct Tomorrow gives our partners a chance to identify potential recruits, and it gives our students the opportunity to find out what skilled construction trades look and feel like.”
The Mankato Building and Construction Trades Council has been the voice for unionized construction workers in southwest Minnesota for 60 years, with affiliates representing 65,000 workers. For more information, visit the Council’s webpage and

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