DryWall Class

We help a class specializing in the art of drywall! This is a great skill for any homeowner to know! Interested in learning this, or something similar? Let us know!

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Big Ideas 4H Class was great!

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:  

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New Instructor: Jason Spurgin

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

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Briana’s Going Away Party

Brianna is opening our first satellite office in Michigan! Her welding career is moving her East and she is bringing Big Ideas along with her! We will miss having her in our office, but we are all very excited to see what’s next for her.

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Trades Day at Big Ideas!

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

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Big Ideas Chosen as HireVets.gov Medallion Program

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,

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Trade Day

Available for 10-14-year-olds with virtual reality and hands-on trades experiences 2-hour event with multiple stations. 9:00 am – 11:00 am Virtual welding Virtual paint Safety and measuring

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Big Ideas at the Maker’s Fair in New Ulm

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

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Big Ideas – Remodeling the Future

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

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Everyday Genius with Ryan Tree Service

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

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New Ulm Area Foundation Grant

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.

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Everyday Genius with G&S Manufacturing

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

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Classroom Connections

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

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Trade School Scholarships

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

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GAP Year –  Time to Discover Opportunities.

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

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Memorial Day with Big Ideas

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

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Big Ideas - Briana

Our own Briana featured on Motortrend’s Bitchin’ Boot Camp

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

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Protective plexiglass barriers in high demand

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

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