Herdina Academy Opens Door For West Fargo Student

Herdina Academy Opens Door for West Fargo Student

by Ashley Germann

Eighteen students who possessed a passion for the trades and the dedication to learn more about it participated in a two-week program, The Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades, held in early June where they were able to learn from area professionals, experience different fields in construction and obtain hands-on experience building. After Jake Miller, a student from West Fargo High School, caught Matt Warren of Twin City Garage Door’s attention at the Academy, it ended up being beneficial for both Warren and Miller. Miller got a summer job while Warren got a hard working individual whose eagerness to learn more and devotion to the trades industry stood out to him.

“I didn’t go into it thinking that I was going to hire one of the students, but it just sort of happened and ended up working out pretty well,” stated Warren. He ended up hiring Miller to work for Twin City Garage Door this past summer after interviewing him during the speed interview session held at the Academy. Even though Warren wasn’t expecting to hire from the Herdina, he recognizes that it is a beneficial situation if you are looking for hard working individuals who are passionate about the trades industry.

Matt Warren
Matt Warren stands in front of Twin City Garage Door in Fargo where Jake worked in the warehouse this past summer.

After being a student at the Academy, Miller explained Herdina as being a place where everyone is hard working and loved to work until the job is done. Warren encourages members to hire students who attend the Academy for this reason. He explained, “You’re able to get an employee that fits with your company and wants to be there long term. You automatically know that they want to be in that trade and are interested in it.”

 Miller recapped the experience from the Academy as rewarding and beneficial. He expressed, “I really loved participating in the Herdina Academy because there were so many great people. Everyone there was hard working and loved to work until the job was done. Even the teachers bonded really well with the students, which made the experience that more enjoyable.”

Jake Miller with Herdina students
Jake Miller (left) with other Herdina students, Tin Nguyen (center) and Tyler Nash (right), at the garage site. The students built a garage for a Fargo home during the course of the Academy.

 Although Miller is only sixteen, he is confident in what he wants to do once he graduates from high school: attend Minnesota State Technical College and aspire to become an electrician. He looks forward to participating in the Academy next summer.