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Training students for construction jobsSubmitted: 03/04/2014
Story By Kaitlyn Howe

Training students for construction jobs
EAGLE RIVER - Companies need more workers to go into the construction field.

One Northwoods high school prepares students for the field by building their own house.

10 students at Northland Pines are working on the project.

The teacher who runs the program says it prepares students for a career in construction.

But he thinks more education is important.

"A lot of kids leave high school and feel like they know enough to get to work. But often times, they find themselves lagging behind people because building science is a lot more technical than it used to be and there's a lot of intricacies that go along with building a home and post secondary education is necessary," says Technology Education Teacher, Tim Lehman.

Students can turn to apprenticeships for help.

"With the apprenticeship program you go to school 10% of the time and you're on the job training 90% of the time. So you're learning your trade while you go to school," says Apprenticeship Traning Representative, Ben Stahlecker.

Training leaders say they're seeing more employers looking for apprentices, instead of the other way around.

That's because of increased demand from an improving economy.


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