On January 8, 2020, Blaine Kellermeier gathered select members of his team, four building contractors, an HVAC specialist, an electrician, and even a welder from Ferris State University to host a skilled trades night for Rockford middle and high schoolers.

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Many in attendance of the crash course gained hands-on experience in industries that are facing looming labor shortages.

With college costs continuing to rise exponentially, Blaine Kellermeier put his company at the forefront of training the next generation of workers, no matter the industry. Learning a trade is not only financially beneficial to those just out of high school, it reaps rewards knowing you can make a physical difference in the world for years to come.

Browse our photo gallery of the skilled trades night and view the WZZM footage below to see just what Kellermeier had in store.