Guest Blog: Learning Styles & Trades

As the unemployment rate in the United States remains near historic lows, many teenagers are exploring the rich job market with an eye on starting their career without a college degree. For some, this may be an opportunity to exploit their learning style to earn while they learn, but is your child’s learning style a … Read more

What Can You Do?

Many of you out there are wondering what you can do as parents, teachers, counselors, and members of the industry to help tackle this crisis. We’ve compiled a few simple steps that can have a huge impact on getting youth involved in the trades. Talk Nothing is more effective than simple word of mouth to … Read more

Guest Blog: Nail The Interview

Seven seconds. According to Business Insider, this short amount of time represents the time frame in which you make a first impression. How you speak, carry and present yourself will determine your success in these seven seconds. Whether at an interview, job site, trade show or in the office, practiced communication and presentation will help … Read more

Guest Blog: Is A Career In Construction Right For You?

When you meet someone new, there are two questions that are often the first to be asked. “What’s your name?” is usually the first for obvious reasons, and hopefully is pretty easy to answer. The next question might make you pause for a second though, “What do you do?” For many people that question won’t … Read more

Faces Of The Industry: Chauntel

Name: Chauntel Bergstrom Age: 23 Profession: Assistant Project Manager Education: Graduated from NDSU in 2018 with a Bachelors in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration How did you become interested in the construction industry? I applied to NDSU my senior year of high school as an undecided major. Determined to find a major … Read more

Guest Blog: Join The Movement

The building industry in the Twin Cities is at a pivotal point in history. As construction is the second largest Gross Domestic Profit (GDP) driver in the state of Minnesota, it is critical that we work together to encourage the next generation to consider the trades as a viable career choice. Baby Boomers, who have … Read more

Project Build Minnesota Newsletter April 2019


Project Build Minnesota is excited to continue our efforts to make construction the first choice for hard working youth. As we move through our second year, we wanted to share our progress. Want to get our newsletter in your inbox? Sign Up Now! President’s Perspective “Moving Project Build Minnesota Forward” I am proud to serve as … Read more

Housing Industry News Column

Housing Industry Column

  “It’s going to take a powerful effort by the thousands of Minnesota construction businesses to create a movement that makes construction an industry of choice for Minnesota’s youth,” said David Siegel, Executive Director of BATC Housing First Minnesota and Treasurer of the Project Build Minnesota Board. “This is no small task and it won’t … Read more

Is College For You?

College Kids Studying

Don’t go to college. Go to college. Getting started with any career can feel overwhelming. Whatever you do, you are free to choose a path that makes sense for you. Those attending four-year universities will have one path, with an end game of obtaining a degree, and eventually, a good paying job. However, contrary to what … Read more

Steele County Fair

Project Build Minnesota at the Steele County Fair

At the Steele County Fair in Owatonna, Project Build Minnesota challenged kids to put their two hands to work. Throughout the day, over 200 kids and their families worked together to build bird houses. It was a great little reminder that being part of the trades industry can be fun for anyone. Also, a special … Read more