For High School & College Students

College Partners

Riverland Community College - Carpentry Program

Rochester Community & Technical College - Carpentry Program

Post-Secondary Scholarships

Rochester Area Builders, Inc. is proud to announce their 2019 scholarship program. Multiple $500.00 or $1000.00 non-renewable scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors. Scholarships are made available through the Remodelers Council, the Commercial Builders Council, the Builders Exchange of Rochester, and the Youth Sporting Clay Shoot. Scholarships are for attendance in a post-secondary program in a construction-related field including technical school, trade school, apprenticeship, or college. Scholarship recipients will be announced in June 2019.

To be eligible for the 2019 scholarships, applications must be postmarked by May 3, 2019.

 2019 Scholarship Application

For our 2018 Scholarships we had many applicants from Rochester and surrounding cities. The following three students each received scholarships:

  • Carson Borgstrom, Kasson-Mantorville High School: UW, River Falls (Construction Management)
  • Samuel Eischen, Century High School: Dakota County Technical College (Electrical Constr & Maint)
  • Connor Walechka, Winona-Cotter High School: Iowa State University (Architecture)

We offer these scholarships each year to graduating high school students going forth into the construction industry with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Speak to Schools (Middle or High School)

Another way students are exposed to the building trades is to have two of our members as guests in their classroom. A builder and an associate member bring information as well as a video to be able to communicate with the students about the many careers available in the construction industry.

If you would like to have us come to your school, please contact John at the Office (507-282-7698) or

Speak to Schools Speak to Schools

Mentorship Program (High School)

Rochester Area Builders, Inc. has just launched a pilot mentorship program, in partnership with Rochester Public Schools and CTECH, which matches high school students with one of our members.  Students will be able to select careers they are interested in and RAB members from that occupation will be provided as a mentor for a semester.  For the duration of the semester, they will exchange weekly emails about what the work week is like or what skills were learned in class, and how those can be applied in the real world.  Students will also have the opportunity to meet each month with their mentor, job shadow them, or visit job sites.

Also, check out this editorial from the Post-Bulletin on the mentorship program!

Job Shadowing (High School)

Previously, Rochester Area Builders coordinated a Friday morning in May for area high school students to shadow a building industry professional. We now do the coordination on an individual basis. We have worked extensively with Kasson-Mantorville High School.

Please contact contact John at the RAB Office (507-282-7698) or if you are interested in participating either as a professional or a student.

Student Job Shadowing Student Job Shadowing