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For Staff Sergeant Joshua Edwards, a week long course in fielding and grading was something completely different for him.

"My experience in the Air Force has been very, very diverse. I came in as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician," Edwards said.

Edwards and 9 other soldiers wrapped up the 6 day course Saturday in Chugiak. Participants have either left the military or are about to finish their service. Alaska Construction Academies facilitated the course, which took place at the future site of the Alaska Laborers’ training center.

"This was actually funded through the State of Alaska, through the Department of Labor, its workforce development, to provide this construction related training to our veterans,” said Training Director for Local 341 Suzanne McCarthy.

Edwards, whose 8 year military career ends in September, wants to use the skills he learned in the five day class to further his dream of opening his own home inspection business.

"We took the surveyor's post and we're going to those sites and checking them to see how accurate we were really accurate, checking elevations," Edwards said.

Alaska Construction Academies is considering whether to hold another course for soldiers in the future.