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Quinte Secondary students get set to break ground
06 September 2005, Belleville, Ontario—For 20 Quinte Secondary School students, first semester is guaranteed to be hard work—because they will be building a house.

Students will work with the skilled trades people and sub-contractors of Dor-Ann Homes Ltd. through the Quinte Student Structures Home Building Program. The program will provide school-to-work opportunities for the school’s senior technology students who enter the new four-credit Student Home Building Program. While in the program, students will construct a family home from foundation to completion. They will have opportunities to learn a variety of skilled trades such as framing, carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, insulating, drywall, heating and air conditioning, finish carpentry, hardwood flooring, landscaping and roofing. Students will also experience teamwork, problem-solving, safe work practices and how to work effectively with other trades people.

Local retailers, businesses, suppliers and contractors have generously donated personal tools for the students as well as equipment and power tools for this program. The Quinte Home Builders’ Association purchased a 6-foot by 12-foot cargo trailer which the students will be able to use.

This one semester program offers students opportunities to earn four credits while working to construct a 1,300 square foot house with the sub-trades associated with Dor-Ann Homes Ltd. The students will work onsite four days a week with the sub-contractors at the residential housing development. The building site is on Sandpiper Court at the corner of Finch Drive in Belleville. This housing project is conveniently located just off College Street West across from Quinte Secondary School. Students will be on the work site from Monday to Thursday 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:
• Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
• The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
• Quinte Secondary School
• Quinte Home Builders’ Association
• Dor-Ann Homes Ltd.

Date: Friday, September 9th at 9:00 a.m.
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Lot 14, Sandpiper Court (see paragraph 4 above for location)

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 54 schools serving 18,400 students, employing 1,070 teachers and 705 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

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