Quinte Secondary School  students broke ground yesterday on the sixth house they will assist in constructing. The senior students are in the Quinte Student Structures program, a Specialist High Skills Major  offered by the school.
The program began in 2005 with the first home completed in 2006. Students in the program work in partnership with a local builder to construct a new home, giving them experience in and exposure to a variety of skilled trades.
"We are excited about the semester ahead for our students and partners. We know it will be an incredible experience for our students as they work alongside skilled trades workers," commented Principal Lisa Vincent.
The site is Lot 21, Settler’s Ridge subdivision, which is north off Maitland Drive between Sidney Street and North Front Street/Highway 62, Belleville. The home will be completed in the new year and will be available for purchase in the same way as other homes in the subdivision.
Chair of the Board Carl Pitman was proud to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.
"This is such a great program for our students. We are very excited about embarking upon another year of learning in this hands-on environment," he said.
Pictured above (L to R): With Quinte Secondary School student are Chair of the Board Carl Pitman; Director of Education Kathy Soule; Trustees Thelma Goodfellow (Southeast Hastings), Cliff Cotton and Mary Hall (Belleville); Chair of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation Elaner Pound, Dustin VanSoelen from Duvanco Homes, Principal Lisa Vincent and a representative from Quinte Home Builders Association.
Quinte Student Structures is a Ministry of Education-accredited program that provides students with an opportunity to focus their learning in a skilled trade area while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The specialized program is to help prepare students to make a successful transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or directly into the workforce. The program enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge through the complete experience of building a house, and helps them to achieve graduation while pursuing their post-secondary goals. Students also learn team-building and leadership skills which they will utilize well beyond their secondary school experience.
Partners in the Quinte Student Structures program include the following:
- Duvanco Homes
- Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
- Quinte Home Builders Association
- Quinte Secondary School
- The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
Quinte Secondary School has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students, and a continued commitment to improving. Quinte has a proud and committed staff and student body. The school motto is "To learn is to grow in all ways."
For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]