Home Sweet Home-Oakland Schools’ students build house for local family

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Mary Zaleski

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Press Release
For Immediate Release

Construction Technology students from Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC) Northeast unveiled a 1,368 square foot home they built during the course of the 2018-2019 school year which will soon be moved to another location in Pontiac and made available for purchase to a local family.

The 19 students, two females and 17 males, hail from various high schools around Oakland County: Pontiac High School, Pontiac International Technology Academy, Pontiac Academy for Excellence, Auburn Hills Avondale High School, Rochester High School, Rochester Stoney Creek High School, Oxford High School, Lake Orion High School, Farmington High School and Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy.

“I am beyond proud of the work these students have done on this home,” said Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson. “This is what our technical campuses are all about – providing our students with that unique, hands-on learning experience that is so invaluable.”

Some facts about the build:

·      The home had six state inspections and passed all six on the very first inspection.

·      Over 50,000 nails and screws went into the construction of this home.

·      If placed end to end, the two-by-fours used to build this house would stretch over      one mile.

·      Students worked 7,500 hours to complete this project.

·      The house weighs approximately 164,000 pounds.

·      Just the drywall alone weighed over 4 tons.

·      Students learned to operate heavy equipment and worked with the crane operator to install the roof trusses.

·      Students completed the framing, roofing, window installation, insulation, drywall and siding on the house.

·      Professional tradesman and tradeswomen worked with our students to complete the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and drywall phases of this home.

The home was built in partnership with OLHSA’s Venture, Inc., Oakland Schools, the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office, Onsite Solutions, Community Housing Network, and Oakland County Community and Home Improvement.

Several local dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting, then took tours of the home. The event highlighted the unique educational experiences OSTC students garner, helping them secure a bright future. 

“Employers across the state will need to fill more than 545,000 high-wage jobs by 2026 in professional trades but they are lacking the skilled talent to fill those roles,” said Stephanie Beckhorn Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan acting director. “By participating in programs at Oakland Schools Technical Campus, students are gaining the desirable skills to help the state close the talent gap and will lead them to a highly-rewarding, high-demand career pathway. Professional trades careers pay about 45% higher than other occupations, with a median salary of $54,000 with little to no student debt.”

Click to view a time lapse video of the construction or photos of the unveiling event.

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