Hundreds of Mankato and SW Minnesota Students Attend Construction Trades Expo

Nearly 1,000 Mankato-area high school students will participate Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25th  in Construct Tomorrow, an apprentice program that is being sponsored by the Mankato Building Trades to provide a hands-on introduction to careers in the skilled building trades to area high school students.

Construct Tomorrow is an interactive career fair that features skilled construction trades including boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, cement mason, electricians, floor coverers, iron workers, laborers, plumbers & pipefitters, roofers, sheet metal workers and more.  The trainers provide hands-on experiences for students to learn about union apprenticeship training programs and careers in the construction industry and.  The event is free and open to all high school students. 

“Mankato and Southwest Minnesota are in the middle of a construction boom, and at the same time, we have experienced hands leaving to enjoy a well-deserved retirement. The Mankato Building Trades are looking for the next generation of craftsmen and women who aren’t afraid to work hard and tackle new challenges on a daily basis. Construct Tomorrow gives our partners a chance to identify potential recruits, and it gives our students the opportunity to find out what skilled construction trades look and feel like.” said Mankato Building Trades President Stacey Karels


Who:  Representatives of Mankato Building and Construction Trades and hundreds of students from dozens of Mankato and SW Minnesota high schools.  

Where: Event Center at the Verizon Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato

When: Tues, October 24th & Wed, October 25th both days from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Why: Educated SW area high school students about new career opportunities in the local booming construction building trades.

More information about Building Trades Apprenticeship and the Construct Tomorrow can be found here:

Construct Tomorrow Video

Construct Tomorrow Pre-Lesson (Kahoot) 

Apprenticeship Video

About the Mankato Building Trades 
The Mankato Building and Construction Trades Council is the voice for unionized construction workers in southwest Minnesota. We are affiliated with 65,000 members strong Minnesota Building Trades, which has provided leadership and advocacy for construction workers in Minnesota for 60 years. For more information please visit,


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