Public Invited to Open House at 32nd Student-Built Home

The Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) and the Frederick County Students Construction Trades Foundation, Inc. (FCSCTF) are excited to announce that construction of the 32nd student house project at 7192 Peekskill Drive in Frederick is almost complete. The public is invited to visit the home during an Open House Thursday, June 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Students broke ground in February 2018 for the single-story, craftsman-style home with 1,870 square feet of living space. Features include a great room with fireplace, dining room, master bedroom with walk-in closet, one additional bedroom, and an office. The home also boasts a 3-car garage/workshop and a full unfinished basement. 

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. More than 100 businesses donated time and/or materials.

See what the new house looks 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/