ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Students have a host of reasons for enrolling in a new, city-sponsored elective class that is teaching 19 young men basic construction skills.
Clifford Evans, 16, has always been interested in building things, and he’s attracted to the money that can be made in construction trades.
Lucas Prada, also 16, was drawn to the class because it allows him to get college credit from Central New Mexico Community College and high school credit at the same time. He is enjoying learning how to build things, but his dream is to go to college and become a Web designer.
Evans and Prada are both students at the Academy of Trades and Technology charter school, and twice a week they go to the local offices of Associated Builders and Contractors, where they learn construction trade skills from veteran Joseph Hirschfeld. Students in the class are drawn from schools around the Albuquerque metro area.
Hirschfeld’s name is the subject of some mirth in Mayor Richard Login to read more