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BCHS students kickstart construction careers with Minnesota Trades Academy

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

This summer, BCCS was proud to boast a finishing touch on a year of renovations and branded work – the stadium’s ticket booth. This project differed, however, by serving as an opportunity for students at the Minnesota Trades Academy (MTA) to gain experience. 

A program of the Construction Careers Pathway Alliance, the MTA is a paid summer construction internship for high school students in the Twin Cities metro area. Through various hands-on projects and a direct intern-to-apprentice pipeline, MTA opens the door to a career in trades and garnering lifelong skills. 

Read about BCHS 2021 graduate Tyrrice Maybell’s internship with MTA.

For one cohort of the MTA in summer 2021, this looked like revamping the stadium ticket booth at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM.

Since we were getting new lights for the football stadium and new tennis/sports courts, it seemed fitting that the ticket booth received an upgrade as well,” said Longkee Vang, Community School Site Coordinator at BCMHS. “Students would split their time between the classroom and outdoors for the first two weeks. During classroom times, students received their OSHA 10 training certificates, drafted the plans for the ticket booth, and learned various skills necessary for the build. During the outdoor portion, students would then put their skills to practice.”

MTA interns’ hard labor included framing the structure, installing walls, shingling the roof, and wiring lights to make the ticket booth what it is today. 

Students interested in getting involved in the summer internship can contact Longkee Vang, Jackie Hayden, or Julie Gloege. 

“As of now, we only have Summer opportunities with MTA,” said Vang. “However, we are hoping to expand those opportunities into multi-project programs. MTA was thoroughly impressed with the students from BC and hopes to continue this partnership.”

To learn more about the partnership between BCCS and MTA, click here.