Learn well by doing good is the idea for having Career Pathways Institute students gain experience while building a Habitat house.

For students in the construction, design and preconstruction, and information technology pathways the practical experience is an opportunity to have students apply their skills in a project that has lasting meaning.

Students Gain Experience While Building a Habitat HouseAccording to Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity executive director Dana Jelinek, this is the first year that CPI students have built a Habitat home.

Brett Forsman is a teacher in the construction pathway.  He said that the industry guidance group had suggested that in order to upgrade the program, students should complete a project such as completely building a Habitat home.

“They thought the students needed more experience doing concrete work,” he said. Construction students completed the foundation work, the concrete steps to the front door, the concrete driveway, the sidewalk leading to the front steps, and the public sidewalk in the front of the house. Concrete was a good medium for the students, as they have to work quickly as a team once it is poured.

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