Construction Trades Academy Open To Area Teens

15 years and older, enrollment fee only $25, 3 college credits available

The Herdina Academy for Construction Trades will be June 5 to 16 at Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) in Moorhead. The two-week session runs 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and a credentialed instructor supervises activities. Click here to access an application.

The Academy is open to North Dakota and Minnesota high school students ages 15 and older. Cost is $25. Enrollment is limited! Students who successfully complete the Academy will earn three college credits from M State. The credits can be used for the plumbing technology; heating ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration; electrical technology; construction management; civil engineering; architectural drafting and design; or drafting and 3D technologies programs at M State. Find out more by calling (701) 232-5846, emailing, visiting or visiting

The Academy, now in its 20th year, will be held at M State for the 11th year. The Academy offers many opportunities to expose participants to the many specialty occupations within the construction industry including: blueprint reading, carpentry, casework, concrete, drywall, electrical, excavation, HVAC, refrigeration, 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.

Students work in the plumbing lab at M State during the 2016 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades.

Sponsorship of the Herdina Academy is provided by: M State, Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program 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 of Fargo-Moorhead 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. M State and the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton will each offer a $1,000 scholarship, as well.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of nearly 900 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour and Red River Valley Home & Garden Show.

Home Builders Care Foundation is a charitable organization created by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead. The Foundation seeks to be a visible and positive influence in the community by supporting skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry.