High School Students to Begin Building Home for Sevastopol Teacher, Groundbreaking Sept 17

The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) will host a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the sixth annual DKBEP High School Home Construction Project in Valmy.

DKBEP High School Home Construction Project

DKBEP High School Home Construction Project Plan

The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 4 pm on Monday, September 17 at the jobsite, 4970 Hwy 57, Sturgeon Bay (Valmy). The program is an effort to grow the local construction industry’s skilled workforce while providing real-world learning experiences for our area youth.

Twelve high school students representing Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door school districts will be joining forces with the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA), Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), and the DKBEP to build a 1,300 square foot residential home during the 2012/13 school year. Participating students will be involved in all aspects of residential construction under the direct guidance of NWTC instructor, Roger Mayer and project advisors from Portside Builders, Alan and Mark Shefchik.

Upon successful completion of the program, each student will earn 16 transcripted credits for advanced placement in the Wood Tech Technical Diploma one-year program at NWTC. The student builders will work at the jobsite from 7:30-10:30 am each morning for the entire school year.

For the 3rd straight year, students will have the unique opportunity to build for a client. To the students surprise however, this is not just any client but a teacher from one of the participating school districts.

Sevastopol student builder Adam Bagnall expresses, “I am psyched to help build this home for Ms. Teich! It definately adds a bit more pressure on us to make sure it’s done right, but we can handle it.”

“I feel very fortunate to be a part of this year’s homebuilding project”, says homeowner, Heidi Teich, “I have the unique opportunity to have a hand in the design of the house and watch the students make my ideas come to life. I am excited to drive past my land and see the project take shape a little more each day.”

Expected project completion is to be in May, 2013.

Student Builders include: Steven Beno and Brandon Vanderlinden (Gibraltar); Adam Bagnall, Nicholas Cater and Noel Farber (Sevastopol); Josh Braun, Trevor Haack, Spencer Kraemer, Jordan Shefchik and Connor Wilz (Sturgeon Bay); Keagan Keddell and Trevor Marin (Southern Door).

To date, the following businesses will be participating with the 2012/13 project: Anderegg Paint (staining), Alberts Plastering (plastering), Cater Plumbing (plumbing), City Wide Insulation (insulation), Cabinet Creations (cabinetry), Captain Commodes (Commode), Door County Cooperative (appliances), Door County Emergency Services (safety supplies), Door County Home Builders Association (partner), Door County Glass & Mirror (mirrors), eServices, LLC (electrical components), Euclide Well Drilling (Well and Pressure System), FLS Banners (student t-shirts), Gordons West Side Electric (electrical), Lakeshore Heating & Cooling (HVAC), Little Hoppers (dumpster), Maccos Floor Covering (floor covering), Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (partner), Portside Builders (project advisor, drafted house plans), Rass Excavating and Materials (excavation and mound system installation), Shefchik Door Openers (garage doors), School Districts of Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay & Southern Door, Superior Concrete Construction (foundation & flatwork), Title Services of Door County (service), Vanderleest Soil Testing, Vans Lumber (building materials), Weathershield Windows & Doors (windows and doors) and Zoerbs Paint (paint).

The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership was created in 1999 to facilitate students acquiring the skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in the ever-changing, global workforce. The vision of DKBEP is to prepare students for careers and lifelong learning through the partnering of education, business and community. Opportunities are created for educators to increase knowledge and “hands-on” experience with business and career learning, and for businesses to define their long and short-term labor needs and help integrate “work-based experience” into the school curriculum.

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