“Training changed me, it gave me hope” Cesar thanks construction training program

23 May 2024


Cesar from Austin, Minnesota was working third shift at a manufacturing plant when a friend of his showed him a flyer about Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Highway Heavy Construction Training and Job Placement program. Cesar called the number on the flyer, reached Sylvia Garcia in the DEED CareerForce division and got on a path to a brighter future in cement masonry, recently buying a house at age 24.

“Training changed me. It gave me hope to always get better,” said Cesar, with deep gratitude for the MnDOT-DEED program and his instructors. After the initial MnDOT-DEED training, he continued his cement masonry training through the Local 633 Cement Masons-Plasterers Union. Cesar credits instructors and fellow students with sharing their knowledge with him so he can grow in his craft.

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