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Success Stories

MN Trades Academy Interns Build a Home, Make Friends of a Lifetime

Ahleah and Halle, Internship

MN Trades Academy Interns Build a Home, Make Friends of a Lifetime For some students, high school is about going to pep rallies, studying for exams and getting a diploma. For others, such as Ahleah Harris and Halle Arneson, high school is so much more. They are both involved in the Minnesota Trades Academy, a […]

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Woman Makes Journey to America to Become Electrician and Challenge Expectations

Helen Spindler, Electrician

Learning a new trade is no walk in the park. And Helen Spindler knows that better than anybody. After leaving Tanzania for America, she took her career in a completely different direction. And, while taking care of her family and building a future in construction, Helen is challenging traditional expectations for women and breaking down […]

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ST. PAUL WOMAN FINDS SUCCESS AND FIGHTS STEREOTYPES IN CONSTRUCTION

Rasheda Jenkins, Laborer

A job is never just a job. We get jobs to support families and pay bills. We learn new skills, and learn how to provide value to our employers and our customers. We meet new people – coworkers who become our friends or, maybe even become spouse. We contribute to our community and to our […]

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AIR FORCE VETERAN FINDS HOME IN MINNESOTA CONSTRUCTION

Jared Anderson, Sheet Metal Worker

There are many paths to success. For some, that choice is clear-cut: take on some student loans, get a degree, and work from a desk. For others, that means joining the military and serving the country. Sometimes, this path might end up being a mash-up of experiences to find out what works and what doesn’t. […]

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LEARNING ABOUT CONSTRUCTION CAREERS TRANSFORMS ST. PAUL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

Lah Htoo, High School Student

Hands-on, paid summer internship experience in the Minnesota Trades Academy helps students learn about construction career choices Some high school students definitely know they want to go to college. Others, the military. But there are many students who don’t know exactly what they want to do. They do know that they want something different. For […]

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