LCPS Carpentry Students Building a House!

LCPS Carpentry Students Building a House!
Posted on 11/21/2019

Louisa County High School’s Career & Technical Education Program has partnered with the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation on a project that allows students to construct a new home as part of their class!


Ten members of Louisa County High School’s Carpentry II and III classes are on-site for three hours each school day working on the house!


The students and instructor Rodney Carter have been working on the project for about six weeks. The students have been in charge of laying the foundation, framing the house, putting on shingles, and constructing porches.


The Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that helps income-eligible residents of both Fluvanna and Louisa Counties find affordable housing. 


“It is just fantastic to sit here and watch these young men working on this house,” said Dan Burke, director of the Fluvanna-Louisa Housing Foundation. “Mr. Carter is doing a great job showing them what needs to be done, letting them do it,  and making sure they’re doing it right. He’s showing them how to do it and how to do it right, and I think that’s fantastic.”


The project is a perfect example of how LCPS Career and Technical Education is committed to providing students with work-based learning opportunities where students learn real-world skills.


“It’s obviously a proud moment to see where our students have come from day one when they enrolled into the carpentry one program,” said Bo Bundrick, LCPE CTE”s director of workforce development. “They went from building birdhouses to building residential homes. So, it’s quite an amazing process.”


“I couldn’t do what these guys are doing now, but I have high expectations for them,” LCHS Carpentry instructor Rodney Carter said. “I’m always pushing them. But behind closed doors, I’m so proud of them. It’s a joy or I wouldn’t be doing it.”


The students are on schedule with the project and the house should be complete by April 2020. 


“We see this around Louisa County, people step forward and ask how can I help someone in need?” Burke said.


For more information about the Fluvanna-Louisa Housing Foundation, email dburke@louisa.org or call 540-967-3483.

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