Students get "Hands On Training" at Dakota Ridge HS and Colorado Homebuilding Academy
Students learning Tool Use, Material Selection, Safety, Construction Methods and Applied Math at the Colorado Homebuilding Academy with Trainer Mark Babcock. The Academy is located at 445 W. 53rd Place, Denver, 80216. Students travel to the Academy 1 to 2 days a week for training. Through the Academy, they can earn certifications and possible internships with local contractors.
Completion of the new shed for the Girl's Lacrosse team.
Finishing the roofing and siding.
On April 4, 2018 our Construction Class participated in a Junior Achievement STEM Job Shadow at JE Dunn Construction providing a very valuable experience for our students. They were grouped with professionals and were involved with various discussions on job opportunities in the Construction field, specifically with JE Dunn. During the day, the professionals took the groups of students on a tour of their company headquarters in Denver. It was very inspiring to listen to and interact with the employees of JE Dunn and we thank them for the time they spent with us. The two participating schools were Dakota Ridge High School and Green Mountain High School.
The Spring 2018 Construction class is made up of nine young men wanting to explore the trades. We invest 3 to 5 hours a week outside the school building during block 8 split between a math class and this hands on construction exercise.
Student carpenters setting up trusses on the framed structure and applying the sheeting for the next step of drying-in the shed, applying trim, then siding.
Construction students apply math skills to everyday building processes. Here they are learning how to use a transit to level the floor of the Storage Shed we are building this spring for the Girl's Lacrosse team. In cooperation with Mrs. Andrade, the CE Math teacher, Mr. Pedersen uses the "project" to teach applied math principles to the trades.
Colorado weather can be a factor, but the work must go on. Framing a wall can be a cold job as these students are learning - and how to dress for the weather.
Students learn how to layout framing members and construction terminology.
One of the most important aspects of the trades is students have to learn how to read "blueprints". This drawing is for the Storage Shed we are building Spring of 2018. They will also learn how to develop "Material Takeoffs" and calculate costs based on plans. Knowing how to interpret the different scaled drawings is critical for success.
The Home Depot, 4277 S Eldridge Street, Morrison, CO, was very generous and helped us get our program underway by donating numerous tools required to start our construction project. We started this program in January, 2018 and started from scratch. We thank Home Depot for seeing the value of training new young people in the trades and being a valuable partner. We continue to look for more Corporate Sponsorships for not only our Construction program, but also for our Health and Hospitality programs.
Siding and Fascia being applied by these carpenters. Using a "Story Pole" they line up the siding and fasten with galvanized nails.
Two students use the "Roof Safety Harness System" before getting on the roof to start the drying in, Drip Edge, and then installing felt paper and shingles.
Two students are building the doors.