National Association of Home Builders
Pa. Builders Association
National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter Group
Habitat for Humanity
Corl Street Elementary
Our Lady of victory Pre-School
State College High School Plant Facilities Projects
Green Building and Builders Show programs, International Builders Show
Entire program revolves around the key integration of the interests of community businesses, NAHB, business models, and the complete construction of a home. All phases of construction are involved in the production of a home, therefore as we learn the details of every trade we apply them while we work in applying those trades in the construction of a home. Every trade interacts with the others and it is vitally important that all students understand and are comfortable with the cooperative "teamwork" of the home building process.
21st Century Educational Model:
Our Building Construction Technology Program in career technology with its focus as a home building model curriculum could be the poster child for a 21st century educational model. On a daily basis, our educational environment incorporates individual skill training, teamwork and collaborative brainstorming, and technology research and understanding. Our program emphasizes:
1. Current Advanced Tools:
2. Direct Involvement with the local chapter of National Association of Home Builders:
The owners of local construction companies are not only going to be the employers of our students but they are at the heartbeat of the local industry. Their knowledge and insight will give our students the edge in the job market. The students have an opportunity to spend a week at the International Builders Show to see the latest and greatest of our industry across the globe.
3. Building Code:
The building code now affects everyone in every phase of engineering, architecture and construction management and the application of all trades center around safe and quality practices. Students are introduced to the International Residential Code with over 400 code requirements touched upon.
4. Green Building:
Energy efficiency is the current and future concern for all aspects of life and starts in the home. Our projects and education will be centered on the developing "green" building techniques and alternative energy and those new applications are constantly being added to the energy code.
5. NAHB Curriculum Resource Texts:
Our reading and trade-based academics are being led by the National Association of Home Builders trade textbooks. All aspects of our academic presentations are based on the outline and years of building trade research of "practical" applications from the industry professionals.
6. House Construction:
As our students learn all phases on how to build a home, they learn by hands on experience models and installing what they are learning of an actual home.
7. 60/40 Model:
60/40 model was developed by the instructor from 25 years of hands on experience in residential and commercial construction. 60% knowledge and 40% delivery of that knowledge. Although it is vitally important to be as knowledgeable as possible in any field (60%) one must also be able to communicate (deliver) that knowledge in a way that allows for integrity, respect, quality teamwork, and safety (40%). We focus on giving our students hands on practical learning experiences while aiding the quality of their character and presentation skills.
"Attitude Is Everything"
Level 1: Hand tool experience, introduction to advanced tools, community
projects, and complete shed construction.
Level 2: Advanced tool skills, engineering application in construction, community projects and Habitat for Humanity Home.
Level 3: Continued advanced tools, community projects, business model curriculum,Green building and Alternative energy application, and Habitat for Humanity Home project.
All levels intensely learn with a primary goal of continued SAFETY.
Advanced Tools: Circular saw, nail guns, screw guns, cut off saw, miter-box, table saw,skid loader, vibra-roller, tamper, backhoe
Last Modified on January 16, 2013