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Building Skills For The Future


WSWHE BOCES, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, held a “groundbreaking” for the WSWHE BOCES Tiny House Project on March 14, 2019, at the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs. The event kicked off the beginning of construction of the WSWHE BOCES Tiny House project, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, the Saratoga-Warren-Washington Workforce Development System, the Saratoga Builders Association and Curtis Lumber.

What is a tiny house? Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they all enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space. For more info on the tiny house movement click here.

Career and Technical Education and Employment Training for Adult (ETA) students, as well as Habitat for Humanity and Saratoga Builders Association volunteers are working in collaboration to complete a fully functional tiny house, which will be presented to the community during the Washington County Fair in August and will premiere at the 2019 Showcase of Homes in September. The tiny house will feature the latest in building techniques and products, beautiful interiors, as well as high quality furnishings - all built by local students and volunteers! The partnership and project highlights the need for workers in the skilled trades in the area.

“The Tiny House Project is giving students opportunities to practice and refine their skills on a real life model,” says Nancy DeStefano, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Programs at WSWHE BOCES. “The multi program project allows students in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), welding and construction trades program, all, to gain valuable experience,” says DeStefano.

Adult students are also taking advantage of the project to re-train and gain new skills.

“We are so excited to be able to engage in partnerships that will enrich the workforce in our region, and provide both students and adult learners, the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the construction field, while working as a team,” says Dr. Turina Parker who heads up the ETA division of WSWHE BOCES.

By day, CTE students in the high school program at the Saratoga Springs center work on the project. And by night, the tiny house is part of a new, 100-hour Residential construction course for adults, which is divided into four modules (25 hours each) that provides an introduction to the various stages of home building.

“The Tiny House Project exemplifies how collaboration can provide solutions to support our wonderful community. Bringing leaders from the public education system, private industry and non profits together is a great tool to tackle workforce development, bring focus to the need for affordable housing and to provide skills for the next generation to enter our dynamic and growing economy,” says Adam Feldman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties.

Student check to see if a beem is level.

CTE students check level on the house.

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