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Quinte Secondary students prepare to break ground on fourth home

Once again, first semester for a group of Quinte Secondary School students is guaranteed to be hard work—because they will be building a house.

Media representatives are invited to attend a ground-breaking ceremony
Date: Monday, September 15th
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Deerfield Park subdivision. Take Highway 62 north to Maitland Drive, just north of Belleville. Turn left onto Maitland, then the second left turn onto McDougall. Continue on McDougall to Lot 1 Gavey at the corner of Gavey and McDougall.

Students will work alongside skilled tradespeople and sub-contractors of Geertsma Homes Ltd. through the Quinte Student Structures Home Building Program. The program provides school-to-work opportunities for senior technology students who enter the four-credit Student Home Building Program. While in the program, students will construct a family home from start to finish. They will have experiences in a variety of skilled trades such as carpentry, roofing, electrical wiring, plumbing, bricklaying, insulating, drywall, heating and air conditioning, interior trim carpentry. Students will also learn teamwork, problem-solving, safe work practices and how to work effectively with other tradespeople.

This one-semester program offers students opportunities to earn four credits. They will work four days a week on-site with their teacher supervising and with sub-contractors at lot Geertsma’s Deerfield Park subdivision. Students will be at the work site from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and attend classes on Fridays for in-school assignments related to the project.

Five local organizations have partnered to offer real world work experiences for local students interested in the building trades:
• Geertsma Homes Ltd.

• Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
• Quinte Secondary School
• Quinte Home Builders Association
• The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, ext. 2354

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