Letter: There’s no shame in skilled trades

There weren’t any caps, gowns or diplomas, but 257 graduates were recently honored at a ceremony in Des Moines. Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC), the largest construction apprenticeship program in the state, trained more than 1,400 skilled workers this year, including this largest graduating class we’ve ever had.

At ABC, we know not all students should graduate high school and be pushed to a four-year degree. There are talented graduates that are better suited for a life in the skilled trades and that starts with apprenticeship training.

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Minnesota’s construction industry has a labor shortage. Here’s what it’s doing about it.

A group of construction-industry representatives have formed an organization to help solve its labor shortage.

Several industry groups and private businesses quietly launched Project Build Minnesota earlier this year that’s sending out a battle cry to inspire a new generation of people to work in the construction industry.

The industry needs it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 250,000 unfilled jobs in the field nationally.

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