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 2021 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, or college. To be eligible for the 2021 scholarships, applications must be postmarked by May 3, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be announced in June.

In 2020, we used the scholarship money to purchase tools for the Kasson-Mantorville Middle School Woods Program.

Our 2021 Winners are:
Jeremy O’Connor (Fillmore Central High School) – Construction Management at UW Eau Claire
Nicholas Kastner (John Marshall High School) – Civil Engineering at Le Tourneau University

Project Build Minnesota / Consider the Trades

Today more than ever, America needs men and women who will build. The current labor shortage in the building trades is projected to grow, which means those who join the trades will be paid more, receive more benefits, and enjoy better lifestyles than at any other time in history. While your friends flip themselves upside down with school debt pursuing the next shiny digital trend, you’ll begin your career debt-free. A career that’s in high demand, promising growth and job security. One that will support a family and make you a better person in every aspect of life. It’s your future… what do you want to be?

One of the biggest challenges the skilled trades industry faces when seeking talented workers for jobs is the public perception of these occupations. Over the past few decades, a four-year degree has been the preferred and encouraged path to success with many parents and students viewing the trades as a last resort.

In spite of the negative perceptions, there are a number of benefits to employment in skilled trades including job security, little or no student debt, on-the-job training, and competitive salary. The demand for skilled trade workers in southeast Minnesota is high, however, people are not entering these occupations at rates needed to maintain the current workforce or meet the anticipated demand. Rochester Area Builders, along with all the skilled trades employers in southeast Minnesota, encourage educators, business leaders, young adults, and their parents to consider the trades.

Speak to Schools (Middle School 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 RAB Office (507) 282-7698 or

Speak to Schools
Speak to Schools

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.

Please 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