"Students are loaned tools at the beginning of the semester," Instructor Dan Dragon said. "The students are allowed to keep the tools and they receive the jacket when they have successfully completed the requirements. We usually know about this time of year who will receive the jacket."
The purpose of the course is for students to learn the trades of building. Each fall when classes begin, junior and senior high students from both Northview High School and Clay City Jr./Sr. High School begin constructing a home, which is completed by the end of the school year. Then, if students want to stay in the program for a second year, they will begin construction on a new house.
Students are required to take prerequisites before joining the building and trades class, and once they are enrolled, they are split into two separate groups. Half of the class works on the house in the morning and the other half works in the afternoon. Dragon and Assistant Instructor Rod Clarke supervise all students.
"We have never had to turn anyone away from the class," Dragon said. "If the number of enrollment for the class goes up, we may have to one day look into an application process. There are other schools that have had to do that, fortunately we have been able to meet the enrollment number as is."
While the program has been in operation for 35 years, Dragon has been involved for 16 years and Clarke for 10 years.
"The program is a new concept for learning," Dragon said. "The students understand that the things they have learned in class are applied and they begin to make sense."
An open house will be announced in June. It is the 11th home being built in Clay View Estates.