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Student-built house ready to be sold

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Northview High School senior Zack Huffman recently installed wiring on the outside of the home on Bill Brown Court. This is for Northview and Clay City high schools Building and Trades class. The students have worked all school year to build the house, which is available to community members to purchase. Jessica Murray Photo. [Order this photo]
A house built by Clay County students in the Building and Trades program is now on the market.

Students from both Northview and Clay City high schools have worked all school year to build another house on Bill Brown Court in southeastern Brazil.

Now construction is nearing its end, along with the school year, and, according to Building and Trades teacher Dan Dragon, the house is for sale.

All the houses on Bill Brown Court are student built. Dragon said each home sells for anywhere between $150,000 and $200,000.

During construction, students learned to lay brick, install plumbing, frame, roof, plaster and wire an entire house.

Through this program, the students can learn independently and use critical thinking skills to solve real-world, on-the-job problems.

"Students work the most independently when we do framing layout, insulating, and wiring projects. There is time allowed and encouragement for critical thinking opportunities," Dragon said.

The course is usually a two-year program. This year 17 students participated, but only four were returning for a second year.

Building this home has helped Northview High School senior Brad Smith gain experience for his future.

"I want to be an architect. This is educating me before I start taking college classes. It's a good experience to get into and I get to meet new people," Smith said.

After high school, Smith plans to join the Unites States Air Force and gain further experience and training. He is also considering attending Ball State University and earning an architecture degree.

The class has also helped Northview High School senior Matt Ethridge with his future plans.

"I am trying to become an electrician. I graduate in June. I wanted to get some experience before I enter the workforce. I got into this class thinking I was pretty knowledgeable, but now that I am in the class, it made me realize even I have a lot to learn," Ethridge said. "I really like doing this. It just comes easier. The hardest part was the plastering. It's time consuming."

Students have participated in this program for 37 years. Dragon is the second instructor for the course. The street name serves as memorial for the former teacher Bill Brown, who retired in 1993.

Northview High School Building and Trades teacher Dan Dragon instructs senior Matt Ethridge on how to install wiring in a house the students are building. During this class, students like Ethridge learn through on the job training, which better prepares them for their future careers. Jessica Murray Photo. [Order this photo]
Currently, the students are installing wiring and lighting, as well as other things to make the house functional.

The house has an all brick exterior, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious living room and a two-car garage. Each home built is an average of 2000 square feet and was built using the Exterior Insulating Finishing System (EIFS).

The flooring, wall painting and light fixtures will not be completed until a purchaser buys the home.

"We want the person buying the home to have the freedom to make those decisions," Dragon said.

To find out more details, those interested can contact Cliff Romas at 812-239-2919.

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This is a great opportunity for our local high school students. I know several people who are successful contractors because of this program. Good job not only to the instructors but also the kids. Keep it up!

-- Posted by dude1 on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 8:30 AM

Indeed this is a great program. I only wish the houses were more affordable.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 11:43 AM

Great program - proud of those learning a valuable skill!

-- Posted by MarciaMSPT on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 3:42 PM

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