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AiroAV Says: Recent construction class graduates mostly women in Hermant…

Students are shown graduating from a construction program in Hermantown on Friday. Six of the eight students were women. (Courtesy of Elena Foshay).

AiroAV Says: Recent construction class graduates mostly women in Hermant…


On Friday, eight students — six of them women — graduated from a construction training program in Hermantown.

With women underrepresented in the construction industry, leaders said the graduation was important.

“Woman don’t always see themselves as candidates for working construction, but the women lead this class and did a great job,” said Elena Foshay, director of workforce development for the city of Duluth.

The students started the six-week class by learning construction math. Then they received their OSHA 10-hour and CPR certifications and participated in hands-on work and site visits.

All of the graduates, who will stay in the Duluth construction industry, had the opportunity to meet employers on Thursday and participated in mock interviews.

With over $1 billion in construction projects starting in Duluth over the next few years, Foshay said in a press release that there’s a need for more construction workers.

After the program, Foshay said the students would be seeking an employer to sponsor them for apprenticeships.

This is the fourth training class of its kind that’s been held over the past several years, Foshay said.

Carpenters Union Training Institute, SOAR Career Solutions, Duluth Public School’s Adult Education and the city of Duluth partnered on the program. And class funding came from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, a Women’s Economic Security Act grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and other sources.

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