Teenagers Get a Taste of Trade Careers

Around 1000 Students Attend 'Construct Tomorrow' Held at The DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- Sarah Mckean is a 10th grade student at Denfeld High school. But she and her friend Cami Martin are already thinking about their future careers. And the “Construct Tomorrow” event at the DECC in Duluth, is helping broaden their horizons of what job opportunities are possible

“I think these are like the jobs you don’t hear about that much, and it’s like oh, this is what you have, this is what you do,” said Martin. It’s a way for recruiters to reach out to young students and spark an interest in a trade career, and hopefully expand their workforce in the near future.

The event gives almost a 1000 area high school students a chance to try their hand at electrical wiring, laying cement, and carpentry.

“I think all these kids are 10th graders, so in 2 years, they’re going to be going off in college, or the trades, and we would love for them to go into the trades,” said David Orman, the Assistant Manager for NECA in the Twin Ports.


Many of the recruiters are specifically looking to recruit women and minorities.

“A more diverse workforce is a stronger workforce. If it’s male dominated you’re not getting those other perspectives you’re not getting other types of talent,” said Orman.

Which is perfect for Mckean, Who has found a new interest in going in to electrical work, and could one day help diversify the male dominated industry.

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