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Local school officials promote trades, but say homebuilding’s not a good fit

County leaders say that a construction class designed to curb the area’s housing shortage by allowing students to work alongside contractors and gain on-the-job experience like the one created by the La Grande School District would not fit in Malheur County. However, program’s such as Ontario and Vale’s automotive respective welding and automotive programs are better fits for Malheur County, according to education officials.