Trades Academy

The Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is a two-week course for high school students to experience the construction industry. Students spend time building sheds, exploring career opportunities and working side-by-side with contractors. The course is open to North Dakota and Minnesota high school students ages 15 and older.

The 2018 Trades Academy is June 4-15 at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Cost is $25 per student (make checks payable to Minnesota State Community and Technical College). 

Each attendee has the option of three college credits. Students work with industry professionals in specialized fields and are supervised by qualified high school instructors.  Click here for photo highlights from last year's Herdina Academy! 2018 will be the Academy's 21st year.

The 2018 Herdina Academy is full. To get placed on the waiting list, contact Summer Hammond at (701) 232-5846 or

Skill set introduction includes:

  • Forming and pouring concrete
  • Framing
  • Siding and roofing
  • Installation of electrical and plumbing
  • Installation of doors and windows
  • Hanging and finishing drywall
  • Surveying and site layout
  • Operating small construction equipment.

1802 32ND AVENUE SOUTH - FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA 58103 | (701) 232-5846


Charitable Arm of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead