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Workforce Solutions Top Priority for HBC

Thank you to everyone who attended the 53rd Annual Fish Fry on March 18. It was a great event for Home Builders Care. A big thanks to Jay Dietz, Kristie Eid, Terry Lipp, Sylvia Lunski and Robin Swanson for working with HBA Director of Development & Education Jenny Erickson and me to plan such a fun event. Check out the May issue for a recap.

Workforce Development updates

Erickson joined HBA members to attend a meeting of the North Dakota State College of Science Building Construction Technology advisory committee in early March. At this meeting, enrollment in the programs was discussed and it is very concerning that NDSCS has also seen a downward trend in enrollment. This news is coming on the heels of the announcement that Minnesota State Community & Technical College will no longer have a carpentry program. It seems the answer to this downward trend is to change our recruitment tactics. Your HBA staff and leadership are meeting frequently with area schools, other associations and businesses to help come up with a solution. We are not the only industry seeing this trend. M State continues to evaluate how best to offer its programs. After a year hiatus of the plumbing program, it will be starting back up in the fall, but in a different way. Schools have to be creative with their use of evening classes, online training and classroom time to best serve students and the building industry. This year, we are launching a new relationship with Fargo Public Schools and the city of Fargo on a house project. For many years, the city of Fargo has worked with Fargo Public Schools to have construction technology II students build a home on an infill lot. The project is funded mainly by a Housing Urban Development Grant and by Fargo Public Schools. This year, it was determined that more help is needed to support a project that gives Fargo students in both public and private school settings to get hands-on experience. Home Builders Care was brought on to help supplement the project and to bring more awareness. With that in mind, we are planning to work with the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades to have the students build the garage for the house project. Building a garage gives the students similar experiences as building sheds, which they previously did. We will continue to rely on contractor support to work side-by-side with the students. Don’t forget to participate in our “Adopt A Student” program and sponsor a Herdina Academy student for $75. This sponsorship helps keep the cost to students at only $25. Your sponsorship helps us put on a great camptype of experience to encourage students to enter the construction field.

Bob Kochmann Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. HBC President


Home Builders Care Foundation of Fargo-Moorhead 1802 32nd Avenue South Fargo, ND 58103 Phone: (701) 232-5846

Home Builders Care Foundation was created in 1993 by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead. It is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization.

It was established with funds donated by HBA members, fundraising events and the HBA itself. The purpose for its creation was to provide an outlet for the builder, remodeler, and companies related to the building industry to show the community that there is more to the building industry than demolition, construction and remodeling. The HBA handles the administratvie duties for the foundation at no charge. Any contribution designated to the foundation goes directly to the foundation and its charitable work. Address inquiries to Jenny Erickson 1802 32nd Ave. S. Fargo, ND 58103 Phone: (701) 232-5846


Bob Kochmann, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.


Casey Beckerleg, Stenerson Lumber


Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design


Randy Cramer, NAI North Central


Grace Backman, Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance, Inc. Dan Beecher, Foam Doctor’s, LLC Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc. Kristie Eid, Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. Perry Eidem, Allied Building Products Corp. Ryan Johnson, Monarch Homes, LLC Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, Inc. Brad Morris, Casselton Lumber Dustin Murray, Dustin Murray Construction


Dan Parrow, ISR Homes

2016 April Plains Builder  

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide qualit...

2016 April Plains Builder  

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide qualit...