As reported in a recent OCSTA news highlight, students from the Simcoe Muskoka CDSB’s Construction Technology program had the honour of creating gifts for G8 Summit dignitaries. Today’s feature looks at some of the work of other students in Construction Technology programs at Waterloo Catholic DSB and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland & Clarington Catholic DSB.

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland & Clarington Catholic DSB

Students in teacher David Saunders Community-based Construction Program have been busy this year constructing sun shelters for local community organizations.  Several weeks ago, a sun shelter was constructed and placed on the grounds of Fleming College in Lindsay.  The structure will provide sun protection for individuals who work in the community gardens at the College, as well as students and community members who use the grounds for recreation activities.

Students worked on the beautiful structure at the school and moved and constructed it piece by piece at the Fleming College site.  A second structure has been built and will be erected at the Trans Canada Trail site this week.

John Miller, Principal, says, “the project is a wonderful way to gain valuable real-life experience in working on a project that benefits the community.

From the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland & Clarington CDSB

Waterloo Catholic DSB

Grade 12 students from Waterloo Catholic DSB’s St. Mary’s High School were given the opportunity to construct the frame of a 1,400 square ft. house as part of a co-op program for students in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Under the supervision of their construction technology teacher, Paul Sanders, and the home builder’s site superintendents, the students worked by themselves in the framing of a new home.  The Toronto Star’s new home reporter, Pat Brennan, wrote an interesting feature on this program that was published in the June 26 edition of the Toronto Star. An excerpt from the feature follows:

Steve Tangney, cooperative education consultant with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, estimates two dozen or more new homes were being built by high school co-op students in Southern Ontario this spring.

“It’s a wonderful program that various large home builders have helped us create and fund.  It’s a program that is keeping students in school and many of the co-op students are going into trade apprenticeships because of what they learned in these programs.” said Tangney.  Read full Toronto Star feature here.

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