Kalie Gudmestad, 18, is seeking to light up the world.
A resident of Medina, North Dakota, Gudmestad is a first-year electrical technology student at North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. Shortly after starting school, she received a $1,000 scholarship from the North Dakota Building Officials Association.
“I hope to learn more about the trade to become an apprentice and later a journeyman electrician,” Gudmestad said.
Asked about eventually opening her own business, Gudmestad said that was a matter for the future.
“I did some electrical work in the agricultural mechanics classes I took in high school,” Gudmestad said. “Definitely, the actual wiring is what I’m most looking forward to.”
Wahpeton Building Official Todd Johnson is the association’s secretary and treasurer. He was on hand to present Gudmestad with her scholarship.
“Our association brings together code officials from throughout the state,” Johnson said. “It provides opportunities to learn about building codes, their enforcement, consultation and interpretation, especially as they relate to real life construction issues that arise during day-to-day inspection operations.”
Gudmestad, Johnson continued, not only seems like a wonderful young lady but someone who will use her scholarship well.
“It’s a good use of our money to be put back into the construction field. We like being able to get young people’s careers off the ground,” he said.
Ivan Maas, NDSCS, said Gudmestad will be a fine addition to the electrical technology program. Although she is currently the only female in her class, all are confident advancements in the field will result in greater diversity.
“There’s all kinds of possibilities now,” Maas continued.
Each year, the North Dakota Building Officials Association meets twice for educational opportunities and to hold trade shows. They offer two $1,000 scholarships annually for students entering the construction trades, architecture or engineering.
“This is a great program,” Gudmestad said. “If you’re interested in it, try it.”
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