Murrieta high school students can now learn construction basics

Murrieta Canyon Academy teacher Lou De Lorca sees moving away from teaching math and English to construction as a welcome change. “(This) is a hands-on and viable skillset,” he said in a phone interview. “Not that English and math weren’t; that was a cognitive set. But this is hands-on for that student who doesn’t have aspirations of college just yet.” De Lorca knows how valuable those skills can be. He paid his way through college working construction and still holds his contractor’s license today. “I have a vested interest; it worked,” De Lorca said. “Seeing education evolve and twist and turn the way it has over the last 30 years, we’ve come to the realization that kids need vocation skills, job skills, not just higher-level academic skills that get them i
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