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Construction Management Major Leads Habitat Project

Paige Becker explains it simply. As a senior construction management major, she has the skills and abilities to give back to the community through Habitat for Humanity, so that's what she needs to do.

"I feel like I can help people out with what I know and where I came from," she says, adding that her family owns a lumberyard in her hometown of Freeburg, Mo., where she hopes to work after graduation.

Becker has been involved with Habitat since her freshman year. While she has been on many Habitat sites, last Saturday's Blitz Day was the first time she acted as the sole foreman on a site. At first, she was a bit daunted by her leading role, but as the day progressed, Becker's confidence grew.

"I felt a lot more experienced and accomplished," says Becker. "Eventually everyone on the site was doing something, and I think they felt like they helped out."

As a Habitat for Humanity board member, Becker hopes to see this house through to completion, but her involvement won't end there. Someday, Becker hopes to start a Habitat for Humanity in Freeburg.

"Being with Habitat, you get out there and learn what it's really like," Becker says. "You can't learn that out of a book."

Paige Becker is gaining real-world experience through her service, and that is just one of the many ways she's learning to a greater degree at UCM.

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