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Gabe Gentile

Salida High School student Gabriel Gentile, here at the Spartan Heights affordable housing project in Poncha Springs, is learning about the construction industry thanks to a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and the Salida School District. Through the high school’s building trades program, advanced students have the opportunity to work on the school district’s Spartan Heights project. Colorado Mountain College is offering concurrent enrollment credit to participating students, which gives them the opportunity to earn college credit and complete a college certificate in basic construction technology if they finish a series of three classes. Photo Amy Dennis