Area Industrial Tech Classes Receive Builder Support

26 Nov 2018 10:55 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)
CMBA is proud of the Tools for Schools Fund, our tax free Fund accepting and matching $20,000 in 2018. 

CMBA invited High School Instructors to the CMBA membership meeting. A face to face presentation of checks given to 16 area schools enabled each instructor to speak for a few minutes about how the donations have been helpful and what is still needed. Photos submitted by each school showed that the years of CMBA support has really enhanced the programs. They also reported a growing numbers of students are enrolling in classes with increased space being dedicated to some departments.

The need for carpenters is great. The average Carpenter salary in Minnesota is $52,071 as of October 31, 2018, but the range typically falls between $44,965 and $60,014. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. 

Courses and fees at Alexandria Technical & Community College in Minnesota cost $12,468 for the associate's degree in carpentry.  The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 7.2%, a high-growth career.

  • Over $5000 tax free dollars were donated at the meeting
  • Checks totaling $21,110 were presented to 16 schools  
    • Albany, $2,220 purchase tools
    • Apollo, $1,500, purchase tools
    • ALC, $1,500, update hand and power tools
    • Becker, $1,000, update cordless tools, purchase ladders
    • Eden Valley-Watkins, $2,000, purchase tools
    • Foley, $1,000, competitions and field trips
    • Kimball, $550, scroll saw, tools
    • Little Falls, $750, purchase tools
    • Melrose, $1,500 purchase tools
    • North Jr High, $1,500, purchase tools
    • Rocori, $440, Kreg Foreman Semi-Auto pocket hole machine 
    • Sartell, $500, tools
    • Sauk Rapids, $1,500, purchase tools
    • Swanville, $2,500, Purchase tools
    • St. Cloud Tech, $1,800, building materials for building shed
    • Upsala, $850, purchase tools

Kimball StudentsEach school thanked the members for their generosity.

Since last year, the TFS Fund has provided $70,727 to area schools |  $154,000 since 2004.

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