LCVI’s Gold Star construction program has been running since 2006, giving students interested in trades a very unique opportunity. Students work all day, each day for a semester, in the community on projects such as building homes. More specifically, students get to partake in tasks such as building roofs, sheds, porches, and other hands-on opportunities. Students participating in the program acquire five credits in one semester, including a dual credit that can be used as a college credit.
The Gold Star class of seven students is currently building a home in the south end of Lindsay for Habitat for Humanity. The site supervisor and professional individuals are present at the site and the students are able to learn from them and assist with projects. The family receiving the house is also required to put in what is called ‘sweat equity’ hours, giving the students an opportunity to get to know them and give them a sense of pride and appreciation for their work.
The program is made possible by community partners such as Mason Homes and Habitat for Humanity. By partnering with bigger organizations, it is a way of advertising LCVI’s Gold Star program to the community. Word of mouth has also played a huge role in the projects that the team is able to complete.
“We will be assisting with a project at the Optimist Club at Wilson Fields next,” said Richard Lucas, head of the Gold Star program at LCVI.
Students are not only exposed to construction, but other trades like electrical, plumbing, and welding. The unique opportunity enables students to decide whether the trades are for them and if so, decide which trade they may want to pursue in the future.
“The program is alive and kicking and doing well. Students are interested and once they get involved they realize that it’s a great avenue for them to get into the trades,” commented Lucas.
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Article and photos by Koral Lambert.