Riverland Community College – Carpentry Program
Rochester Community & Technical College – Carpentry Program
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 2020.
To be eligible for the 2020 scholarships, applications must be postmarked by May 4, 2020.
For our 2018 Scholarships, we had many applicants from Rochester and surrounding cities. The following three students each received scholarships:
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.
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 about 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 growth 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.
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 john@RochesterAreaBuilders.com
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 john@RochesterAreaBuilders.com if you are interested in participating either as a professional or a student.