Local home builders associations are also leaders in their communities, as they support local residents and train the next generation of home builders. The Greater Iowa City Area HBA
recently accomplished both of these goals through its Iowa City Student-Built House Program, during Careers in Construction month in October.
The Greater Iowa City Area HBA, in partnership with Kirkwood Community College, provided a Student-Built House to a new owner through Reach For Your Potential, a nonprofit organization that assists adults with disabilities. The house keys were handed over during a dedication ceremony on Oct. 10 with numerous industry and community leaders in attendance.
"The Student-Built House is a powerful program for so many reasons," said Andy Martin of Martin Construction, the 2019 Greater Iowa City Area HBA’s Vocational Training Council (VTC) chair. "It’s a collaboration that gives students real-life experience; Reach For Your Potential residents receive a beautiful, functional, energy-efficient home to live in; the HBA and home-building industry have a chance to develop the next generation of tradespeople; and the community at large benefits with improved industry, housing and education."
For five months, nearly a dozen high school and college students received on-the-job training as they helped build the house under the guidance of the HBA's VTC members and Kirkwood Adjunct Professor Tim Rouse from Durant High School.
The Student-Built House Program provides high school and college students technical experience in the building trades to strengthen the workforce development pipeline in Iowa. Students enrolled in the program receive college credit and a 10-hour OSHA certificate.
For more information about the program, visit the Greater Iowa City Area HBA's website.