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The B|D Construction Story:

BD Construction was founded in Columbus, Nebraska in 1960.

Nearly a quarter-century later, in 1983, an energetic young man named Mark Benjamin opened a satellite office in Kearney. Under Benjamin’s direction, BD Construction Inc./Kearney bloomed into a busy and successful enterprise, with construction projects throughout Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota and the surrounding states.

There are many different Careers that fall under the Architecture & Construction Career Cluster. You could be an Architect, Civil Engineer, Construction Manager, Health & Safety Engineer, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, Real Estate Appraiser, Real Estate Broker, or an Urban Planner.  To learn more about construction careers in Nebraska click here. Check out local businesses that offer careers in this field:

In 2002, Benjamin and other Kearney-based employees purchased the firm from the original owners. Today, BD Construction is one of Nebraska’s leading construction management and design-build contractors, with numerous field crews working on a wide variety of commercial, industrial, public and agricultural projects throughout the Midwest.

The Midlands Contracting, Inc. Story:

Since 1977, Midlands Contracting has been building sewer, water, and storm sewer projects throughout Nebraska, Kansas, and the Midwest. From multi-million dollar sewer interceptors to small concrete drainage structures, we have the experience, resources, and technology to get a project done on schedule and within the specifications.


The strength of this company is their employees, their experience, and their commitment to safety and quality. It is their work ethic that has made Midlands Contracting the premier underground utility contractor in the Midwest.At Midlands Contracting, they:Say yes to tough, complex jobs because they know they have the knowledge, experience, equipment, and manpower to get the job done right.Don’t just talk about safety, but demonstrate it every day.Strive to keep their reputation second to none.Deliver excellence in every single project.Ask a lot of their employees, but take great pride in rewarding them for their hard work.



There are many different Careers that fall under the Government & Public Services Career Cluster. You could be an Emergency Management , City  Manager, Director, Geographer, Health & Safety Engineer, Legislator, Political Scientist, Politician, or an Urban Planner. Check out local businesses that offer careers in this field:

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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) was created by LB 187 and LB 240 of the 1947 Session of the Legislature. Of note, Nebraska State Veterans’ Homes trace their roots to 1887. LB 340 of the 2017 Session of the Legislature merged the former Department of Health and Human Services Division of Veterans’ Homes into the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, effective July 1, 2017.

The Department of Veterans Affairs mission is to honor Nebraska veterans and their families by providing excellent service, assistance, and care through:

  • Veterans Services to help veterans identify and access federal and state benefits including disability compensation, pension and healthcare available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA), as well as the Nebraska Veterans Aid fund, tuition waivers and other state services;

  • Nebraska State Veterans’ Homes to ensure eligible veterans and family receive the highest quality assisted living and skilled nursing care at one of four nursing homes across Nebraska.

  • Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance to ensure eligible veterans and family receive an honorable final resting place maintained to the highest national standards.



If you like helping people stay healthy, there are a lot of careers where you can get paid to do just that! Here's a fun fact, there are more than 12 million jobs in the health sciences field. Check out local businesses that offer careers in this field:

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AseraCare offers home health care for people who are recovering from illness, injury or surgery, to avoid unnecessary re-hospitalization and manage long-term conditions with nursing, therapy and other services at home, all coordinated with physicians and other healthcare providers. They also provide hospice services through providing physical, emotional, and spiritual care and support during a life-limiting illness, along with help for families and caregivers. They offer the opportunity for mission-focused work, to care for others, and 

to make a difference on a daily basis. This is an organization that improves people's lives by providing exceptional care. They have a patient-centered care philosophy that is focused around their four main values, Integrity, Accountability, Excellence, and Quality. AseraCare is caregivers, educators, and advocates. They advocate for quality living and believe in a life well lived and making moments matter. 



There are many different Careers that fall under the Human Services Career Cluster. You could be an Employment Agency, Community Service Manager, Fitness Trainer, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, or a Sociologist. Check out local businesses that offer careers in this field:

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Associated Staffing will be the leading provider of outsourcing employment solutions in the Midwest through clerical, production and professional services. They will accomplish this by becoming a proactive partner with their customers, integrating capabilities to enhance their business processes and providing the total experience in quality and responsiveness. Associated Staffing will provide a challenging, rewarding work atmosphere for all employees. They believe that good qualified candidates should be working, and they will treat all associates fairly, honestly and with respect.

After working numerous years in the corporate world, Brian McMahon felt that the reward for his efforts would be greater if he owned his own business.He wanted the flexibility that comes with being a business owner.He wanted the American Dream.After looking at several businesses over three years, Brian purchased Associated Staffing in 1995. Since then, Associated Staffing has grown to 5 locations across the state of Nebraska to accomplish their mission.



There are many different Careers that fall under the Manufacturing Career Cluster. You could be a Health & Safety Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Industrial Production Manager, or a Robotics Engineer. Check out local businesses that offer careers in this field:

Over the years, we have also expanded our expertise and portfolio of products, services and systems by integrating the competencies of some of the world’s most respected names into Eaton to build the brand you can trust to meet your toughest power management challenges.In 2019, Eaton also celebrated their 50th year in Kearney. We were pleased to present them with a Milestone Membership award at the 101st Annual Meeting for 50 years of Chamber membership.

The Eaton Story:

It all began in 1911 with Joseph Eaton. In a time when transportation was on the verge of dramatic change, he invested in a new idea -- the very first gear-driven truck axle. More than 100 years later, though our business has transformed and grown significantly, we remain committed to his spirit of innovation.





Central Community College is a multi-campus community college serving a 25-county area in central Nebraska — approximately 14,000 square miles with a population of more than 300,000.

CCC offers 37 career and technical education programs with a focus on degree, diploma and certificate programs requiring two years or less to complete. The college also offers an academic transfer program for students who want to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree before transferring to a four-year college or university.

In addition, the college offers classes in communities throughout its 25-county service area, online learning, and training and development for businesses, industries and other organizations.

The central administration is located in Grand Island. Three main campuses are located in Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings. Educational centers are located in Holdrege, Kearney and Lexington. Additionally, CCC uses a variety of distance learning techniques to provide educational services in some 90 communities in its service area.

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Consider all the possibilities with Cosmetology.


It's a great career choice! Joseph's College Cosmetology is celebrating our 55th year in Cosmetology education. Join the thousands of our graduates that have become successful Cosmetologists. It only takes 12 months and Financial Aid is available for those that qualify.

We are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences and the Nebraska Department of Health-Cosmetology Division. We are also a proud member of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. Our method of training is the respected Milady program. Everything we do is to prepare our students to successfully enter the exciting profession of beauty.

For more information, please call 402-904-6461 or visit us at

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Your BOLD future starts here.


UNK offers 117 undergraduate majors and 21 pre-professional programs with academic excellence through hands-on experiences, research opportunities and teaching from professors who are top in their fields. Add leadership opportunities, internships, and study abroad, and we’re ranked as the #6 Best Midwest Public University. Learn more and apply at




The Health Sciences department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney helps you find your way to a career in a health profession by advising you on your academic path to specific professional schools and clinical programs, and helping you apply.

Coming to UNK is one of the best decisions you can make to start your career in health. The acceptance rate of UNK students to all our various health programs has been approximately 70% over the last 10 years. Small class sizes, dedicated faculty who are researchers AND teach give students the direct attention they need. At UNK you can work alongside faculty in chemistry and biology on programs like INBRE and other undergraduate research programs that can lead to publication – giving you the competitive edge in grad schools and jobs.

Our new Health Science Education Complex, and our partnership with University of Nebraska Medical Center and Kearney’s two hospitals and numerous medical clinics make Kearney your best place to be in health sciences.



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Welcome to the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering at UNK! We are a great home for creative problem solvers who enjoy unique solutions that involve math and science, and who appreciate the benefits of a smaller university setting. Here, we know our students’ names.

This page is designed to serve as a quick reference guide for prospective students seeking more information about potential careers in the fields of engineering, physics and astronomy. We offer AstronomyPhysics, and Astrophysics degree options, or you could begin your 2+2 Engineering or 3+2 Dual Engineering and Physics degree program here. If you have questions, please contact Laura Jensen at

In our department, you will be prepared to work in many different and interesting places; in industrial settings and government labs, schools, or on college campuses. Physicists, astrophysicists, and engineers also work in unconventional settings, such as at newspapers and magazines, in government, or even in business — anyplace where their problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are great assets.


The UNK Army ROTC Program is an elective curriculum you take along with your college classes. It gives you the tools, training, and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. A normal college experience like everyone else on campus.

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