Construction Trades Academy Slated For June 4-15 At MN State Community And Technical College

High school students learn about masonry at the 2011 Construction Trades Academy.

The Herdina Academy for Construction Trades will be June 4-15, 2012, at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead. The two-week session runs 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and a certified instructor supervises activities.

The Academy is open to North Dakota and Minnesota high school students ages 15 and older. Enrollment is limited! Cost is $25. Students who successfully complete the Academy will earn three college credits from M State. The credits can be used for the carpentry, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning, or mechanical CAD programs at M State. Find out more by calling (701) 232-5846, emailing, visiting or visiting

Jonny Schroeder, 2006 Academy graduate and a former student at M State, said, “I first became interested in the construction industry after my sophomore year of high
school when I was fortunate enough to participate in the Herdina Academy. It showed me just how many areas there are in this industry. When I had completed the course, I knew that the construction industry was what I wanted to continue my education in.”

The Academy, now in its 15th year, will be held at M State for the sixth year. M State’s campus offers a myriad of opportunities to expose participants to the many specialty occupations within the construction industry including: blueprint reading, carpentry, casework, concrete, drywall, electrical, excavation, HVAC, landscaping, masonry, plumbing and more. Students will work side-by-side with industry and education professionals, learning about occupations, tools, safety requirements and skills required for satisfying and well-paying careers. They participate in classroom and hands-on learning, with the opportunity to experience first-hand how residential and commercial buildings are constructed.

Emily Larson of Battle Lake, Minn., said, “In ten days, our son was able to be exposed to and learn many facets of the building industry while meeting local experts. The location at M-State in Moorhead was convenient, with the necessary lab area to give our son a welcoming learning environment. We would definitely recommend that any young person dedicate two weeks of the summer to this Academy; it may make a difference in his or her future career goals!”

Student-built sheds will be available for sale through the 2012 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. Prices start at around $1,750 for an 8’ x 12’ shed. Contact Tony Schouten at (218) 333-6641 or before May 20 if you are interested in pre-ordering. Limited customization is possible. Sheds will be complete by July and proceeds from the sale will be used to support the academy in the future.

Sponsorship of the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is provided by: M State-Moorhead, Home Builders Association of F-M and its charitable organization, Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation.

A $500 scholarship from the Home Builders Care Foundation will be awarded to an outstanding student who completes the academy and plans to enroll in a construction-related field at M State-Moorhead or North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.