Students learn on the job with Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit agency that builds simple, solid houses for low-income families. Two new Habitat houses in London Ontario – feature handy work by NATS students in the Home Renovations Technology program.
North American Trade Schools (NATS) students have been doing their part for the community in recent months, working on a pair of building projects for the London chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit agency that builds simple, solid houses for low-income families. Two new Habitat houses – one in the Egerton and Francis area and another that will eventually be finished on Burslem Street – feature handy work by NATS students in the Home Renovations Technology program.
“I think this is a win-win situation for both organizations,”
The Egerton Street project drew a lot of attention in London over the summer. While the site was being prepared, volunteers were building the house itself in the John Labatt Centre parking lot – a very public venue for Habitat. NATS students spent about a week helping with the footing and foundation work, and had the opportunity to observe further construction after the house was moved from the JLC and put back in place.
NATS students will take the opposite role on Burslem Street. While the foundation is being prepared for that house, NATS crews have been involved in some demolition, and will ultimately be responsible for virtually the entire build, from framing straight through to finishing work. Students have already developed and submitted a plan for the job, and worked on initial drawings.
All told, the project will take about three months, including on-site and classroom time – an important piece of the experience for students.
“We have to be sure we teach curriculum,”
Habitat CEO Jeff Duncan says his organization’
“I always want any partnership to be mutually beneficial,”
NATS and its students are looking forward to finishing the Burslem Street job, and doing more work with Habitat For Humanity in the future.
Located at 847 Highbury Avenue, North American Trade Schools offers practical, hands-on training in programs including Home Renovation Technician, Electrical Technology, HVAC Technology, and Welding Technology. Programs run between 40 and 50 weeks, with frequent student intakes, allowing students flexible start times and schedules. NATS graduates enjoy exceptional employment and apprenticeship placement rates, backed by a recognized college diploma.
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