CORNING - A new home recently built by GST BOCES building trades program students was delivered Wednesday morning to a formerly vacant 127 W. First St. plot, near State Street.
Kirk Frost, a BOCES building trades instructor, said construction crews, mostly juniors and seniors from area high schools, built nearly every aspect of the house including carpentry, electrical and plumbing.
“Work started at the beginning this school year,” Frost said. “The students enjoyed their time and learned real-life skills while building the home.”
The GST BOCES building trade programs teamed with Steuben County Habitat for Humanity last year, building a home and delivering it to a location each year.
“We get them a set of plans and then they basically do it from start to finish,” said Mirta Pratt, Habitat for Humanity project coordinator. “The students do fantastic quality work. We’re happy to be BOCES partner.”
Pratt said applications for the home delivered to First Street Wednesday are currently being accepted by Habitat for Humanity. Information is available at http://habitatcorning.org/apply/.
“The family that will live in the home hasn’t been selected yet,” Pratt said. “We expect that decision to be made in about a month.”
Frost said Habitat for Humanity provides all the materials needed to build the home and the students get the valuable practice.
“It teaches the students all aspects of carpentry, plumbing and electrical,” Frost said. “We have kids that come in that have never swung a hammer and by the time they leave they want a career in this field.”
BOCES senior Nick Solinas agreed.
“It was a major learning experience,” Solinas said. “I did the majority of the electrical work, that was pretty much my favorite thing to do. I learned a lot.”
Senior BOCES students Jeremy Asbury also called building the home a good learning experience.
“It taught me a lot about carpentry, which I want to take on in the future,” Asbury said. “It was very exciting to see the house brought here to First Street and a little scary to see the completion.”
BOCES senior student Jonathan Bellinger said he definitely had a lot of fun while helping build the home.
“I enjoyed every bit of it,” Bellinger said. “I like doing it all, it was fun.”
Frost said the BOCES building trades program class has grown since the group joined with Habitat for Humanity to build homes.
The lot at 127 W. First St. was donated to Habitat for Humanity.