Students from the Vocational Education Center complete the construction of a house

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Students in the construction technology class at the WFISD Career Education Center are putting the finishing touches on their latest effort and it will soon be available for sale.

“This one is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, about 900 square feet and ready to move into on someone’s property,” said class instructor Scott Little, referring to the cute home located at the back of the CEC.

This 900 square foot home was built by students in the Construction Technology class at the WFISD Career Education Center.  It will soon be on sale.

Other classes also participate in the annual project.

“The plumbing tech and electrical tech classes both did all the plumbing and wiring for our house. The architecture students did the design work and the interior design helped us with the final details.”

WFISD Career Education Center students Eric Mascorro, left, and Chris Brinlee put the finishing touches on the bathroom of a 900-square-foot house they helped build in the construction technology class .

Builder’s Lumber provided the materials for the construction of the CEC house.

Students in the class learn basic hand tool use, safe power tool use, basic framing techniques, and material selection.

Natalia Ponce, a sophomore in the construction technology class at the WFISD Career Education Center, installs a cabinet knob in the kitchen of a student-built home.

Plus, “they get to hang out and deal with clients and opinions, architects and plumbers and deal with the trades,” Little said.

The hands-on experience of building a complete house is invaluable to students.

“The more it’s in the real world, the more realistic it is, I think the better it will stick in their heads and we’ll see if that’s what they really want to do,” Little added.

Construction technology teacher Scott Little watches Hector Corona tighten a door latch on the two-bedroom house his students helped build.

Graduates of the construction technology class leave with the basic skills to go out and work immediately in the construction industry.

More than 2,050 residential construction jobs are currently available in Texas according to one job search site alone.

The house built by the students will be sold and the money earned from the sale will help fund next year’s construction.

For more information on contributing to CEC’s upcoming home build, contact Michelle Wood at [email protected] or by calling (940) 235-1000, ext. 33005.

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