Across the state, TBG’s Education Foundation along with its partners are doing their parts to introduce young people to the trades. Quite often, we’re hearing how our grants and scholarships are helping individuals get started on their careers. Here are just a couple of recent examples:

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Brandi Rutten

MBEX Pinnacle Award Scholarship
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Majoring in Civil Engineering and Construction Management
Graduating May 2022

Even though I am studying both civil engineering and construction management, I discovered my passion truly lies in construction. As I was taking my civil engineering courses I noticed I really wanted to be a part of the planning process, not just the design, so that I could be more hands-on with projects and sites. This desire helped me realize that I could be more involved in the construction aspect of the engineering industry and has led me to pursue a career in construction management. After graduation next spring, I see myself working my way up to a project management role and utilizing my civil engineering background for communication and comprehension.


Joel Broberg

MBEX Pinnacle Scholarship Award
Full-time plumbing apprentice / Modern Mechanical & Automation
Master of Science in Construction Management /University of Wisconsin-Stout
Finish M.S.Spring 2023. Finish apprenticeship May 2024.

I am currently working on a Masters of Science in construction project management while work full-time through a plumbing apprenticeship program. I was introduced to the trades by my dad and brother. Being surrounded by skilled tradesmen my whole life made me realize that there is a sense of pride, admiration, and respect for learning a trade. I plan on completing my apprenticeship program to become a Minnesota and Wisconsin journeyman and eventually obtaining my Master Plumbing license in both states. I hope to share my pride in this profession and industry with others as I advance in my career and continue to grow my brother’s business.

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