Real World Experience
- Job-shadow, internship, Advanced Construction, or Exploring Program
- Work Seminar / Employment Skills
Foundational Required Courses
- Construction Technology I
- Advanced Construction Technology
Choose at Least Two of the Following
- Woodworking I
- Woodworking II
- Advanced Woodworking
- Woodworking Cabinet Production
- Drafting I through CAD
- Drafting II through CAD
- Introduction to Industrial Technology
- Electricity & Electronics I
- Project Lead the Way Courses
In addition to having technical skills, employers expect their workers to have other skills such as:
- Listening Skills
- Effective Communication
- Digital Citizenship
- Problem-solving Skills
- Tools and Equipment Management
Upon successful completion of this program, trainees are eligible for enrollment in college, community college, or technical college programs in construction trades or related fields.
Tony Hommes has been an educator since 2001 teaching Technology Education courses specialized in Project Lead the Way, Construction, Engineering, Robotics, and Manufacturing. He has spent time as the Assistant Director of 360° Center of Excellence and has coordinated robotics competitions, summer camps, and teacher workshops. He has worked for St. Cloud State University specializing in connecting area schools in Northern Minnesota with industry helping to establish high school programming that creates work-based learning opportunities for students. Since 2001 he has worked throughout the Bemidji area in the building industry and brings his talents teaching skills and creating pathways to success for the students in the Construction Trades Academy at Bemidji High School.
Business and Industry Experiences/Partners
Headwaters Regional Development Commission, Headwaters Housing Development Corporation, Hill’s Plumbing & Heating, Knife River Corporation, Higgins Heating, Weibolt Electric, Zetah Construction, Kraus Anderson, Con’s Masonry, Headwaters Homebuilders Association, Dick’s Plumbing & Heating, Northwest Technical College, Carpenters Union Local 1934.
Students in the academy do research on their mechanical career interests, tour local construction sites, attend career fairs, and have opportunities to intern and job shadow for construction trades employment.