FCPS Breaks Ground for Student-Built House

FCPS Breaks Ground for Student-Built House

The Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) and the Frederick County Students Construction Trades Foundation, Inc. (FCSCTF) broke ground Monday, February 26 on the 32nd student house project at 7192 Peekskill Drive in Frederick.

The students are constructing a single-story, craftsman-style home with 1,870 square feet of living space. Features will include a great room with fireplace, dining room, master bedroom with walk-in closet, one additional bedroom, and an office. The home will also boast a 3-car garage/workshop and a full unfinished basement. Construction is expected to be complete in May 2019.

Local student house projects began in 1978 when educators and business representatives came together to develop an opportunity for students to learn about careers in the construction trades. The program includes instruction in computer-aided design, construction electricity, HVAC/Plumbing, environmental landscape design and management, carpentry and cabinet making.

All houses the students build receive the same government inspections as any other dwelling in Frederick, and they are therefore under constant scrutiny. In addition to these inspections, CTC instructors and professional contractor members of various program-advisory committees carefully review the work performed. Throughout this process, the students are able see their strengths and learn from areas needing improvement or correction. The end result is an excellent education and an extremely well-built house.

It takes a lot of people and coordination to make the student house project successful. In addition to the FCSCTF providing the opportunity, FCPS provides the training facility, instructors and equipment at the CTC. The FCPS Transportation Department provides the bus service and maintains the vehicles required to transport equipment. Also critical to the program’s success are partnerships with local businesses and construction professionals. On the last project, more than 100 businesses donated time and/or materials.

See what the new house will look like and more information about the project: http://tinyurl.com/CurrentHouseProject.

High school students interested in attending the CTC should see their school counselor, call the CTC Guidance Department at 240-236-8494 or visit http://education.fcps.org/ctc/.

32nd Student Built House Groundbreaking

Left to right in photo:
CTC House Project Coordinator and Carpentry Instructor James Thuman
CTC Construction Electricity Instructor James Rollins
CTC Environmental Landscape Design and Management Instructor Diane Herndon
KLS Home Improvement, LLC, Owner and Partner Kevin Sharrer
City of Frederick Senior Engineering Technician Andrew J. Brown
FCPS Executive Director Dr. Kevin Cuppett
FCSCTF member and former BOE member Katie Groth
FCSCTF member and retired FCPS administrator David Miller
Board of Education President Brad Young
CTC Principal Michael Concepcion
Board of Education member Dr. Ken Kerr
FCPS Curriculum Specialist for Career & Technology Education Dr. Kristine Pearl
Retired FCSCTF Secretary Ruby Eagle