Members of the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association and 15 businesses Thursday worked with about 80 students in the automotive classes at the Brainerd High School South Campus on the importance of the skilled trades industry.

"The future skilled trades orientation allows students to acquire not only basic construction information, but also the information needed to understand the residential and commercial construction industry," the MMBA stated in a news release. "Students have the opportunity to learn about careers in the industry by interacting with local businesses."

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According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the construction industry is supposed to increase by 14 percent by 2024. The demand for hardworking, well-trained skilled tradespeople will continue to grow, the release stated. A career in the residential construction industry can provide a great living while building America.