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Lathrop upperclassmen learn construction skills ahead of military buildup

FAIRBANKS — Steve Brown’s building trades class at Lathrop High School looks like a job site. It’s loud. It’s dusty. It’s full of paint, drywall and tools.

About a dozen juniors and seniors stood with tool belts slung on their hips, sanding and painting. They have been spending sixth period learning how to build a wall.

The students are being prepared for construction jobs in connection with a military buildup occurring in Alaska’s Interior.

The class is the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s latest offering in career and technical development.

“Alaska has the highest federal construction budget for any of the 50 states for fiscal year 2017,” said Daniel Domke, career and technical education director for the school district. “The majority of those funds are focused on Interior Alaska.”

The class aims to teach students basic construction skills, including safety, how to properly use tools and workplace communication.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
November 5, 2016