Turner High School students learn skills by building houses


KANSAS CITY, Ks – Turner High School’s building trades curriculum is changing the way students approach math and science.

For more than 25 years, students built market-ready homes from empty land within two years. The program teaches the ins and outs of construction and industry skills.

Teachers said it also shaped the character of students when they worked alongside professionals.

“We are using a large project like this to introduce our students to all the different phases of construction,” said Scott Hughes, building trades professor. we do certain things.

The students inaugurated the current project, a 1,440 square foot house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, in November 2019. After some setbacks due to the pandemic, the house will be ready for the market in early January. It is estimated to be around $ 309,000.

It is one of five homes that were built as part of the program on a cul-de-sac in Kansas City, Kansas. The land was acquired by the neighborhood several years ago and has become an educational playground.

Senior Carl Rader said the program helped him clarify his career path after graduation.

“This will help me prepare for the future as I am going into the business in less than a month,” Rader said.

Rader said he wanted to get into stone and brick cladding. According to Rader, this line of work gives him plenty of opportunities to stay active and has been an artistic outlet for him.

“It’s a lot of – you can be creative with that,” Rader said. “I’m not the type to sit in an office. Hands-on learning is what I love to do. And then it helped me prepare for all of this. It helped me to go even further.

For his senior colleague Manuel Belmonte, the terrace he built for the house is more than just a line on his CV. It’s a sense of confidence that he said he can bring into his job interviews.

“It’s very important so that others can take you seriously about being a boss. People won’t take you seriously if you don’t know what you are doing, ”Belmonte said. “I just hope they like it because I put a lot of effort into it, I worked hard for it and I’m proud of it.”

The house will benefit from the tax deduction of the law on the revitalization of neighborhoods. There is little profit on the house after a sale due to outsourcing and because the house is built as a learning opportunity for the students.

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