Student House Project
Extending the Classroom
The Student House Project began in 1978 as a way for our school to provide a real-world experience for the students in the trades programs: carpentry, electricity, HVAC, Plumbing and Landscaping.
The Student House Project is completely funded through the efforts of the Frederick County Student Construction Trades Foundation, Inc. - a 501(3)c non-profit. Each house project is typically completed over the course of two school years. Students complete 85-90% of all work with the remaining completed by our industry partners and contributors.
The Frederick County Student Construction Trades Foundation was formed in 1978 to provide a real-world extension for students to hone their craft in the construction trades. We support students from all 10 high schools studying carpentry, landscaping, electricity, plumbing, and HVAC at the Career and Technology Center. In addition, the Walkersville High School woodworking program has built the kitchen cabinets for our house since 2003. Our graduates go onto work in their chosen field within the communities of Frederick County. All construction funds are provided by the Foundation through the sale of each house. We have been able to provide this building experience for 41 years through the generous donations of time and/or materials for the construction of the student house which allows us to see a profit with the sale of each house. This profit enables us to maintain our funds to purchase additional lots and continue building houses for future students while also providing scholarships and fund varied student projects. We have provided funding for SkillsUSA National Competitions, FFA Conventions and travel expenses for our CTC Engineering students to install their clean water system in Ethiopia last summer. We typically provide over $50,000 of scholarship/funding during each two-year house building cycle.
House Coordinator and Carpentry Instructor