Students in Parkland County are splitting time between the classroom and a construction site.
Grade 10 students from the area are building a duplex from the ground up. It’s part of a partnership between Parkland School Division and Coventry Homes, where kids are able to earn credits toward their diploma through the project.
“When they got here, it was an empty lot. Just dirt,” said Building Futures lead teacher Mike Holton. “They got involved in excavation, surveying and concrete. They’ll take it all the way to the finished stage. They should be done in June.”
Students start in the classroom, learning core classes, and then build the home alongside tradespeople.
“We transfer the classroom skills exactly. We spent a week doing measurement and Pythagorean theorem in class,” Holton said. “Then, the construction lead told