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Ralston High offers students real-world construction work [Video]

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Justin Becklun spent two decades working in the trades, from building multimillion-dollar homes to managing concrete crews — but he never imagined he’d end up educating teenagers.

Becklun wasn’t planning on switching careers when the Ralston school district asked him if he’d be interested filling an open woods and construction teaching job for the 2022-23 school year. It was a pay cut, but Becklun realized he could help strengthen the trades workforce by exposing students to real construction work instead of only classroom projects.

“As I was driving around the community, to and from work and things like that, (I saw) there were a lot of fences that need to be fixed,” Becklun said. “There were people that could use new decks, sheds, things like that. And I noticed that with lumber prices being so high, companies were charging astronomical amounts. So what can I do to help people that …

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