Nic Reed, 18

University Connections; Construction and Carpentry Program, City College

Billings, Montana


Nic at this year's home built by students


April 28, 2017

By Blair Koch, University Relations and Communications, 657-2269


Nic Reed will be graduating from the Construction and Carpentry Program at City College at Montana State University Billings and already has years of work experience under his belt.

He’s also just a few credits shy from earning his high school diploma. Reed, 18, is home schooled and has taken advantage of the University Connections program.

“It’s definitely nice to be completing so much education a little early,” he said.

Nic in the kitchen of this year's modular home
Reed, of Billings, isn’t done learning. He plans on completing an undergraduate in business and will likely begin those classes this summer.

“I’ll probably work for a contractor for a few years but I’d like to own my business,” he said.

The trade runs in the family. Reed got some experience learning from his grandfather, who was a contractor, as well as his cabinet making uncle.

“I helped my uncle in West Yellowstone over the summer. That was a lot of fun,” he said.

Every year, the Construction and Carpentry Program at City College builds a modular home from the ground up.

Course work also includes learning how to manage projects and budget.

The well-rounded nature of the degree is why Reed decided to pursue it.

“It’s a really good program and I enjoyed the business side and project management aspect of it,” he said.

Reed may not yet have his high school diploma but the young man is clearly going places: he said the paperwork for his business license has already been filed.

“My business is going to be named Reed Residential and Remodel,” he said. 


Learn more about the Construction and Carpentry program at MSUB’s City College


Nic working on this year's home built by City College students