Thursday, July 12, 2012

SLCC Building & Construction Students Build, Help Dedicate Park City Home

Salt Lake Community College President Cynthia Bioteau, students, faculty and administrators were on hand for the dedication of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Park City, Utah on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

President Bioteau, Park City Mayor Dana Williams, and Jared Gleue of Wells Fargo Bank Provided Keynote speeches. The family introduction & key presentation was offered by Brooks Harbertson, and a house blessing and dedicatory prayer was offered by Reverend Robin Nygaard.

Habitat for Humanity creates safe, healthy, decent, energy efficient and affordable housing to low-income families around the world. Salt Lake Community College’s building and construction program builds one or two homes each year as part of its curriculum. This particular project was unique for a Habitat for Humanity project and the College because the students’ participation in the project was written directly into SLCC’s curriculum.  

From left to right: Chad Fail, Jesselie Anderson, Bill Erskine, Sandra Hall, Annie Schwemmer, President Bioteau, Mark Pace, Rick Bouillon, Christopher Picard, Bob Lurker, and Boyd Johnson

“About a year ago, SLCC heard there was a need up here with Habitat for Humanity, and we at the College were looking for a project,” said SLCC Dean of the School of Technical Specialties Rick Bouillon. “Every year we build a home or two—the projects all must meet our curricular needs. This project gave a different meaning to our students’ learning. It was a building job with a purpose—that really meant more to the students, faculty and the institution. And any time we can give back, it means a lot.”
Students from Salt Lake Community College’s building and construction program volunteered their time and expertise to help Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties build a home loaded with sustainable ‘green’ features in Park City.

Three faculty members were involved working with the students involved with the Habitat for Humanity project both in teaching and building. Three classes that had just under 20 students each were involved with the project. College administrators plan on continuing to work with Habitat for Humanity on projects in the future.

About Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat affiliates work locally in communities around the world to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building and repair. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped build or repair over 500,000 houses and served more than two million people around the world.