Construct Tomorrow Focuses on Future of Trades

Updated: February 25, 2020 06:32 PM

There's an enormous demand for skilled tradesmen and women. And the region is seeing a big boom in construction. All the more reason to make sure high school students understand that college isn't for everyone, and that the trades can be a great opporutnity.

Construct Tomorrow at the DECC gives students the chance to check things out.

"It's like a job fair, but with more hands-on and immersive and engaging. The masons have wet concrete, and the Ironworkers have an I-beam that kids can walk across," explained Tim Busse, the executive director of Construct Tomorrow.

There are 13 different stations to try out.

Since 2013, more than 50,000 high school students have done this, from 100 high schools across the state.

Construct Tomorrow continues on Wednesday, with kids from outside of Duluth attending. There are several new schools, including South Ridge and Cherry.

In addition to Construct Tomorrow, there is a separate event that is open to the public to attend, called the Duluth Construction Career Night. The event will be located at the DECC in Paulucci Hall from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m on Tuesday.

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