Assiniboine Community College and Habitat for Humanity are teaming up to create a unique learning experience for students while providing a home to a deserving Habitat family.
Students in ACC’s construction trades programs will construct a home from the floor boards up as part of their curriculum starting in the fall. Carpentry and woodworking, plumbing, and construction electrician students will each have a hand in the process.
“This partnership truly encompasses the ‘learn by doing’ approach we take at the college,” ACC president Mark Frison said. “Students will gain real-life experience in their fields while making a meaningful contribution to our community.”
ACC and Habitat for Humanity Manitoba’s Brandon Chapter will enter into the partnership Thursday morning at the Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology.
“This is an incredible partnership that brings together the expertise of many in our community,” said Rick Wells, chair of Habitat for Humanity Brandon. “These college students will have a direct hand in changing the life of a family.”
This home is an example of a successful partnership that will be instrumental in stopping the cycle of poverty, said Sandy Hopkins, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba CEO.
“A partnership like this engages the stakeholders of the future to build an affordable home for a Brandon partner family to purchase,” she said. “We are very excited for the Brandon chapter and look forward to supporting them in this new relationship with Assiniboine Community College.”
The Brandon chapter of HFHM will provide the materials and floor plans with the home being built on site at ACC’s North Hill campus. Once finished, the home will be moved to its permanent foundation in Brandon and finishing work will get underway.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 26, 2014