Have you ever wondered what you’re going to leave in this world, what you will contribute? Well, some students in UC Tech’s construction programs do not have to think about that as hard. They are already making an impact by joining together with Habitat for Humanity to build a house.
For those that don’t know, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that helps build or renovate houses for people who are either homeless or in less-than-decent housing. The organization also helps people who have been in natural disasters or other setbacks. Habitat for Humanity has been building simple, affordable housing since 1975 and is currently the 15th largest builder in America. They help so many people without discriminating against different races, ethnicities, religions, etc.
District Superintendent, Mr. Peter Capodice was very excited when the district teamed up with Habitat for Humanity again this school year. According to Mr. Capodice, “I was thrilled when I heard that Mr. Knittel and Mr. Megaro were getting their students involved with Habitat for Humanity in Plainfield. This project not only provides their students with hands on activities but also benefits the surrounding community!”
UC Tech’s construction teachers, Mr.Knittel and Mr.Megaro (who have been working here at UCVTS for over 25 years and teamed up with Habitat back in 1993), explained that the Carpentry/Building Services and Building Trades/Green Construction classes have joined up to construct panels for a three bedroom, two bath house for the Plainfield Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. When asked about the students involved, they replied, “Many of the shared time and full time students are interested in eventually being general contractors in the future. Some are planning to attend college with career choices in architecture and civil engineering. This project has introduced them to blueprint reading, material estimating, framing and many other components of construction.” The students have built ten exterior walls and are working on the interior walls of the first floor of the structure.
Kaylynn Staba, a senior in the construction program who is also working on the house, spoke enthusiastically about the project. According to Kaylynn, the house will be going to a family who lost their own home during Hurricane Sandy. When asked about how it felt to be a part of the project, she answered, “I like being part of this. It was fun and a good learning experience for myself and everyone else. It makes me feel good to help people by doing something like this.” The construction program will continue working with Habitat For Humanity.
For more information on the construction program, please visit the program page, or the teachers’ home pages Mr.Knittel and Mr.Megaro.
For more information on Habitat For Humanity, click here.