For the 5th time in six years, building construction students from Gering High School are helping Twin Cities Development with the building of a new home in Gering.
In exchange for a fee TCD pays to the school’s activity fund, students bring their skills to the project on Prairie Street, from doing framework and setting windows to installing cabinets and painting interiors.
This year’s project is a 1,600 square foot home being built on Prairie Street, with students already having completed framework while subcontractors will do the roofing, plumbing, electrical and similar work.
Senior Michael Kurtz says he’s always been a more hands-on person as opposed to working in a textbook. “When you get to put on your work belt, go out there and see what you do, I mean we literally built a house,” says Kurtz, “The other vocational here at the school, the auto, I love the real world stuff, not the (textbook) stuff you might use. I can use this stuff the rest of my life.”
Building Construction Instructor Travis Gable says the hands-on experience gives the students real-world skills they can use through their lifetime. “whether they take a profession in the carpentry or construction industry, or whether they’re able to use these sklls at home,” says Gable, “it’s a life-long skill and times ever get tough, they will be able to hold a job.”
Two years ago, the class helped with TCD’s remodel at Northfield Villa. 25 homes have been constructed with the help of the GHS Building Construction class dating back to the late 1980’s.