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Per COVID-19 regulations: masks must be worn, social distancing must be followed. Please do not come to a class if you are feeling sick.
Our first 4H Club class was a huge success! The participants got to learn a variety of trades and got to use some awesome technology. Over the next 6 months, these students will explore over 10 different skilled trades. We are currently holding classes for all ages. Register here:
Big Ideas would like to welcome Jason Spurgin to our team! He has been an active carpenter since 1999! His true gift is his ability to connect with young students and new learners. Check out his impressive resume: 2010-present: Inspection technician City of New Ulm and Courtland. Building, HVAC, Plumbing, Fire and general building safety
Trades day was a huge hit! This was an opportunity for young people to try hands-on trades. Stations included: Carpentry Sewing Welding with a Virtual Machine Virtual Reality Painting We have real professionals who teach at each station. We hope this sparks an interest for students to explore options in the trades. If you are
Big Ideas USA was recently awarded as 1 of the 7 organizations in Minnesota by the Hirevets.org . We are extremely proud of this achievement, and we look forward to doing more! The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention,
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Maker’s Fair event with us! We got to show off our new VR paint technology and virtual welding machines. If you want to try them yourself, check out our class list: bigideasusa.org/events https://vimeo.com/465474407
Big Ideas will be at the Maker’s Fair in downtown New Ulm on October 3rd from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in front of our OLD office at 9 N. Minnesota St. Try Virtual Welding and our new Virtual Paint Simulator!
New Ulm MN – It would be hard to believe that there is an organization that has not been slowed because of this global pandemic. Well, after a six-month hiatus, Big Ideas is back! We are scheduling classes through the end of the year and are ensuring that practices are being taken to create a
Thank you to Ryan Tree service of Springfield for showing us the professionalism and accuracy your company provides it’s customers. It truly was amazing to watch your team transform a yard so quickly and efficiently. It was very nice to see you leave the property cleaner than you found it. If you are interested in
Big Ideas was a recent grant recipient of $1500 for purchasing two sewing machines for teaching sewing skills. Accepting the grant is Mary Ann Christensen, President. NUAF representatives are Rick Jensen, Kathy Van Roekel, Shannon Hillesheim, Lauri Stark and Tom Hayes.
https://vimeo.com/437732881 We had an opportunity to interview and tour with the team at G&S Manufacturing in Courtland. They told us a little about how they got started, some of the machines they use, and how they grew from two people to having 28 employees. At G&S, they make products for many different industries including coal
The classroom is traditionally the backdrop for education, inspiration, and growing curiosity. For Big Ideas, it is all of those things and also a great source of joy, as we see our mission fulfilled. A couple of months ago, we delivered our most recent course in a classroom setting. We recently received feedback on the
As another school year comes to an end for high school students, many incoming seniors are beginning to seriously think about their future beyond high school. High school students are becoming more aware of the downfalls associated with a typical 4-year degree; i.e., a lot of student loan debt and difficulty of finding a job
With many families discussing the possibility of a gap year before their high school graduate heads off to higher education, now is an excellent time to evaluate how to maximize that time. The team at Big Ideas Inc. focuses on exciting students about the diverse options available for a successful career path; this article features
As Memorial Day and the weekend approaches, we reflect on those who have given their lives so that we could live with more opportunity. Memorial Day is often a time of furniture sales, annual car liquidation events, and trips to the lake for the weekend. While we enjoy those past times, with half of our
We want to congratulate Briana Huhn for her awesome performance on the internationally streamed show: Bitchin’ Boot Camp! Of over 2,000 applicants, Briana was selected for the final 12. Check out how far she made it! Watch the full series: Q&A with Briana: Why is this important: The entire experience was important to me for
See video here: By Kelsey Barchenger | April 30, 2020 at 1:42 PM CDT – Updated April 30 at 1:42 PM NEW ULM, Minn. (KEYC) – Many local businesses are looking for ways to stay operational while keeping their workers safe, and that has some companies turning to glass shops for help. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the