Pandemic doesn’t stop OSTC students from framing a future for local family
Despite a pandemic, Oakland Schools’ Construction Technology students from Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast (OSTC-NE) and Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest (OSTC-NW) were still able to frame a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,368 square-foot home they constructed during the months of May and June in the 2020-2021 school year.
The home was moved today to a location in Pontiac and made available for purchase to a local family.
The 40 students, four female and 36 male, hail from various high schools around Oakland County: Pontiac High School, International Technology Academy (ITA), Pontiac Academy for Excellence, Auburn Hills Avondale High School, Rochester High School, Rochester Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Adams High School, Oxford High School, Lake Orion High School, Auburn Hills Christian, Clarkston High School, Waterford Mott High School, Waterford Kettering High School, Brandon High School and Holly High School. The students overcame barriers to finishing the project during the pandemic by meeting on a hybrid schedule and wearing masks to ensure the framing project was complete.
“The fact that these students were still able to finish this project during a pandemic speaks volumes to the type of students and instructors we have involved in our OSTC programs,” said Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson. “Our OSTC campuses allow students to participate in projects that engage the entire community, while also giving them the tools they need to succeed in their future careers.”
Some facts about the build:
- Over 20,000 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 from OSTC-NE to the permanent home address.
- Students learned to operate heavy equipment and worked with the crane operator to install the roof trusses.
- As a result of online training during the pandemic, students were able to identify a safety product used to set trusses to make them more efficient.
- Students then completed the framing and setting of the trusses.
- Several students are currently employed within the construction industry because of the skills they have acquired during this project.
The home was built in partnership with Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency’s Venture, Inc., 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. The event highlighted the unique educational experiences OSTC students garner, helping them secure a bright future.