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Students set to show off building skills

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Clay Community Schools Building Trades students put the finishing touches on the house located in Clay View Estates. Seth Thompson (front) and Troy Pierce work diligently to install a microwave in the home, which is currently for sale. Kimberly Gleason Photo.
It's time for the Clay Community Schools Building Trades students to show off their hard work.

Located in Clay View Estates, lot 11, the 34th house constructed by students in the program will have an open house, scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Sunday, June 14. The 2,011 square-feet of living space and 2-car garage features three bedrooms with walk-in closets constructed of cedar, two-and-a half-baths, a large family room, front and back porches, a breakfast nook, utility room and a concrete drive.

Students participate in the construction of the home, acquiring the necessary experience for them to excel in building trades as well as to gain insight into life after high school and some of the problems they will face.

The block foundation is insulated with Styrofoam in the perimeter within the crawlspace and everything is gravity drained.

The house features brick veneer with aluminum soffit and fascia. It is carpeted and hard surface vinyl as well as Amish built cabinets by the Kemp family throughout. The interior walls and ceiling are veneer plaster and the house includes 9-feet ceilings with a step ceiling in the great room.

Students are divided into team groups after the framing of the house is complete. As a group they work through the rough wiring and rough plumbing.

"It gives more of a sense of ownership because they are not following another group," Instructor Dan Dragon said. "They are more focused and comprehend what is going on because they did it themselves."

Troy Pierce, 18, son of Clarence and Lorie Pierce, Parke County, worked primarily in the kitchen and agreed with Dragon.

"I learned skills that I hadn't known before," he said. "I set cabinets and countertops, I did wall trim and learned how to right and left hand cope."

Pierce enjoyed the class so much that it rubbed off on his brother. Brandon might be taking the class next year with him.

Seth Thompson, 19, son of Brandon and Maryanne Thompson, Parke County, worked mainly on the second bedroom and one of the full bathrooms.

"I enjoyed working with plaster because you can learn more with it," he said. "I really liked working on the deck and being outside because I was happy to not be in a regular classroom."

Though Thompson enjoyed everything the class had to offer, Pierce found out he is ideal job is not bricklaying.

"It took five weeks and that was a very long time," he said.

Dragon acknowledged his class mostly attracts hands-on students. He's proud of the students that have never handled a tool, who by the end of the semester have a better understanding and comprehension of the work that goes into a home.

"The house on lot 11 is currently for sale," he said. "Come to the open house and speak to an advisory board member."

Open House

What: Building Trades Open House

Where: Clay View Estates, lot 11

When: June 14, 1-5 p.m.

Note: The house is currently for sale.

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I have had two boys attend the building trades program, and both have pursued work in the related field. I do believe they learned alot from this program, and it truly gave them skills in the trade. I hope they will have a bright future. Thank you,to Dan and Rod, I hope your program will continue for many years,for the incoming students will surely learn alot from it.

-- Posted by paper reader on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 10:34 AM

hope the kids get more than just a skill, they also need money!(from profits)

Lets teach our children volunteering is great but when someone profits from a house sale, the kids should get a piece of that pie!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 11:56 AM

Great project.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 1:51 PM

This is a great program, and Clay county should

be proud.

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 2:17 PM

victory04....Students do receive profit from building the home. They receive life skills and satisfaction in knowing they won't have to rely on others to provide for their future. Now, that's PRICELESS! Kudos to this fantastic program and the instructors for sharing their knowledge!!!

-- Posted by littletad on Thu, Jun 11, 2009, at 9:50 AM

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