A black and yellow truck came to Park Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 2, bearing a new-fangled way to introduce career seekers to old-school trades.
Illustrating the bright idea on the side of the trailer was a big light bulb with a hammer at the center. It’s the logo of Big Ideas, a New Ulm-based organization that travels the state, using virtual reality simulations to give people an opportunity to explore career interests in such skilled trades as welding, painting and operating heavy equipment.
“We’re all about careers, getting people jobs and helping them get back in the communities, and helping employers get employees,” said Evie Fowler with the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (RMCEP). “We heard about this, and it’s like, ‘We’ve gotta do this.’”