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High School Students Get Hands-on with 'Construct Tomorrow'

October 06, 2017 10:15 AM

High School students on the Iron Range will get some hands-on help in picking a career next week.

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'Construct Tomorrow' hopes to give direction to young minds in the region, while also giving an interactive experience to see what a career in various construction trades can be like. Over 400 students from 18 different high schools in northern Minnesota will be attending.

Coordinator for the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training and Advanced Minnesota, Heath Boe and Technical Education and Service Learning Coordinator for East Range School-to-Work, Shannon Malovrh stopped by for a preview.

"It gives them an opportunity to actually come in and actually do the work, " Boe says.

Students will physically participate in different skills activities like laying bricks, setting tiles or pulling cords for electricians. Malorvh explains that while talking to a high school counselor may help, it's the personal experience that may make a student an idea that's more clear.

"When you're just out there... that's when that connection really occurs," she says.

Electricians, plumbers, pipefitters and carpenters from around the area are just some of the careers students will get to see. Apprenticeship coordinators and current apprentices will also be on hand to answer questions and interact with students.

Each instructor may have a different course for how students go about the event. However, Malovrh hopes all students just have a chance to get involved as much as possible.

"Just get your hands dirty," she says.

'Construct Tomorrow' is next Tuesday, October 10 at 9 a.m. at the Range Recreation Civic Center in Eveleth.


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