The city of North St. Paul in partnership with Northeast Metro 916 are building a home at 2341 14th Ave. near Tower Park. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
High school students learn hands-on while building a house
Northeast Metro 916 Career & Technical Center’s construction occupations class is not like any shop class students might otherwise take in high school. In this class about 40 high school students work together to build a house from the ground up in a single school year.
“There is no better collaboration that I’ve seen ever,” says 916 Career Tech principal Jill Stewart-Kellar.
Instructor Tom Spehn adds, “The students who take my class typically are the hands-on learners, so a lot of students might not have a lot of success in the typical classroom setting that has you sit behind a desk for an hour and memorize theory. Here they actually apply it.”
“I like to do work with my hands mostly,” says North senior Reid Olson who was drawn to the program because of his interest in construction. He is especially excited to see how all the individual pieces of the project come together as a whole.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the students are building a single-family home at 2341 14th Ave. E., North St. Paul.
In 1995 Ellsworth Erickson revisited photographs taken in Europe during World War II. While serving his country, Erickson developed film to be viewed in 3D. This early version of 3D required photos to be taken from slightly different vantage points. Once developed, the photos were viewed through plastic glasses. (file photo)
Ellsworth Erickson, 92, was World War II vet, popular teacher, civic leader
North St. Paul lost one of its few remaining World War II veterans on March 3, 2016, when Ellsworth Erickson succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
He will be remembered by the public as a family man, a veteran, a teacher, an artist and a friend. His family members said they will remember him for his loyalty, honesty and optimism that permeated all aspects of his life.
“It was hard because even though he was 92, he acted young; he thought young,” said his daughter Sheryl Erickson in an interview last week.
The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools Community Education Advisory Council will be recognizing individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to community education with the 2016 Excellence in Community Education Leadership (EXCEL) Awards.
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