Students build their house for a real work experience

DIMOCK TOWNSHIP, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Real life experience is the key to every workforce door. For years, students at a career center have been building houses from scratch.

Several dozen students from the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center (SCCTC) are completing construction of a 2,000 square foot home.

“It’s all your plumbing lines that run through the whole house. You have your cold and your hot and they are all labeled where they go,” said Layne Koziol, senior, Susquehanna Community High School.

Layne Koziol and her peers have been working on the house for the past school year. Students began laying the groundwork in 2018.

“It’s a pretty cool experience. You get into a lot of different job titles,” Koziol said.

Students complete the plumbing and patching before the walls are painted and the floor is laid.

“You learn a lot of skills that you could possibly use later in life,” Koziol said.

“It really sets us apart from other career centers in the area and allows students to gain real-time, real-world experience,” said Matthew Thomas, site coordinator, Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center.

Eyewitness News was in the kitchen and while the students were working on the house, there were other students at the store, building cabinets for the house.

“We built the boxes and the next thing is to face the frames and that’s what we’re working on right now,” said Landon Sprowls, senior, Lackawanna Trail.

Landon Sprows and his peers will also build shelves and drawers.

“I just got a layout and was told to build them to the correct lengths,” Sprows explained.

The common goal of the students is to build a quality house in the hope of reselling it to a family.

Students at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center have now built five houses and the center has enough land to build three more.

Maria D. Ervin