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NTC provided program for career shift: Oreskovich to graduate with degree in construction electricity

At Northwest Technical College, Casey Oreskovich checks for faults on the Amatrol Board, a motor control training system. Oreskovich will graduate Friday with a diploma in construction electricity and a certificate in construction technology. Pioneer Photo/Michelle Bedard

Between school, work and raising her 5-year-old son, Casey Oreskovich of Bemidji is busy these days.

The 28-year-old single mom who works as a stylist in an area salon is pursuing a career in construction electricity.

This week, Oreskovich will graduate with a diploma in construction electricity and a certificate in construction technology from Northwest Technical College.

The 45th commencement will begin at 7 p.m. Friday in Bemidji State University's John Glas Fieldhouse.

Since 2005, Oreskovich has worked as a stylist.

She said it's a good job, but, generally speaking, not many salons offer benefits packages.

Benefits, she said, is the main reason she is making the career switch.

She added that her son, Alex, is the "main priority in all of this."

Oreskovich said she has several family members working in the trades, including her father, who is a millwright. She said her family suggested she also go into the trades because they are union oriented.

"So here I am," she said, noting that she moved from Park Rapids to Bemidji to attend NTC.

At NTC, Oreskovich said she is learning a lot about herself.

"I'm doing things that I never thought I could do," she said.

As a student, she said, she has found that she really enjoys the math aspect of the construction electricity field. Electrical theory, she said, also is interesting.

Also, she said, the end results of her class projects are gratifying.

"It gives you a lot of satisfaction," she said.

With graduation near, Oreskovich has applied to join a union.

She also is considering continuing her education at Bemidji State University. She said she would like to get a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science with an emphasis in environmental management and possibly a minor in electro-engineering technology.

Ultimately, Oreskovich said, she wants to work in alternative energy.

"I'm extremely interested in alternative energy," she said.

As a stylist, Oreskovich said she has worked with all women. In her construction electricity classes at NTC, she is currently the only female student.Oreskovich said she doesn't think many women consider a career in a construction field, but she highly recommends it.

"It's something that a lot of women should consider," she said.