Students in the Construction Technology program at Somerset Community College take the phrase building a better community seriously. Over the past year, students in the program have assisted with three charity home builds, with the latest two being Habitat for Humanity homes.
According to SCC Construction Technology Program Director Travis McQueen, 16 adult students and eight high school seniors in his dual credit classes, volunteered their time to assist a family in East Bernstadt who were deserving of a new home.
The familys home was destroyed almost five years ago by the tornado that came through London, McQueen said. The family has been living in a camper trailer ever since, about 34 feet long, with two children.
McQueen said his students started working on the house on September 20, 2016 and have framed the home, put shingles on the roof and installed the windows.
This has been a tremendous learning opportunity for first semester students, as well as those completing the program, McQueen said. Projects like this one not only teach students technical skills they need in this career, but also the philosophy that small steps make big impacts.
To find out more about the SCC Construction Technology Program at SCCs Laurel Campus, contact McQueen at firstname.lastname@example.org.