Eau Claire (WQOW) – Trade school students broke ground on a new project Thursday. They’re building a house off McKinley Road in Eau Claire.
For the first time in 10 years, CVTC students are building a home to enter the Chippewa Valley Parade of Homes. The residential construction program received a $1,000 tool grant from the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association.
The goal is to encourage trade skill workers to get into local construction. Instructor Brian Barth said it’s also about more than that. He said it also teaches integrity and responsibility.
“Its also to be good individuals, when I say good individuals, what does that mean? To show up on time, to do the right thing, to have initiative, to have integrity it means if the homeowners are not around and your building a house, it’s doing the things right according to code, not trying to cover it up,” said Barth.
The house will be 1600 square feet with a walkout basement on a one-acre lot. It’ll have smart phone accessible features, like garage and light controls from a smart phone. One of the 17 students, Jake Gerl, said this could help him prepare to own a small construction business in the future.
“So I decided to look into colleges, and I’m from Minnesota, and this one looked good so I decided to apply for it and I got into the program and the outlook looks really very good for construction so I thought it was a good fit,” said Gerl.
The home is expected to be done by the first week of May. The 2019 Parade of Homes starts June 8th of next year.