25 homes later, construction program continues to lay firm foundation for students

High school students traded books, pens and paper for hammers, saws and measuring tape in a hands-on lesson on home construction in North St. Paul this fall.

“We have learned all about the foundation,” said Luke Jeska, a North St. Paul High School senior enrolled in the construction occupations program at the District 916 Career and Technical Center in Mahtomedi.

Students spent the first weeks of the course in a classroom at Century College, learning about safety while the concrete foundation was laid by professionals. Now, students are building onto the foundation of a future real home with insulation and wood at the direction of their teacher, Tom Spehn.

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A new blueprint for America’s construction trades

Norm Abram, of PBS’ “This Old House,” with correspondent Mark Strassmann. CBS NEWS

The HELP WANTED signs are up, both figuratively and literally, in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. There’s a lot of reconstruction to be done — and not enough trained workers to do it. Our Cover Story is reported by Mark Strassmann:

It’s been a month since Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston and Southeast Texas. Damage estimates go up to $190 billion. The cleanup has begun, but a major shortage is looming for the rebuilding effort. It’s not a lack of will, or money; it’s a lack of skilled labor … a national shortage that’s reaching a crisis stage.

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