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April 3, 2014

Students get real-life experience working in construction class

Corsicana —

It's just a little wooden wedge, used to move big pieces of concrete, but for the high school students who are seeing their little wedges actually sell, it's huge.

Not all the Corsicana High School students taking construction technology classes will go onto college, but they can get out of school with some skills and credits that will get them good jobs. Now, they're seeing how their skills can lead to action, as they do a little contract work for Enterprise Pre-Cast, a Corsicana company that needed some simple wedges.

They were referred to the contract by advisors with McKee Lumber, Larry and Bryson Morrison.

Teacher Billy Crawford contacted Enterprise, and found eager partners.

“They wanted to get involved with the school system,” Crawford said. “The main thing is the students get to say we're making this, and getting money for it. We're not just building birdhouses.”

The money raised from the wedges will go into an activity fund to take students to see construction projects and other field trips. They're also going to use some of the money for supplies for a second contract. Basically, larger wedges.

The class teaches students safety, construction principles, and allows them to build towards certifications in a lot of different fields of construction through the University of Florida.

In terms of projects, they've built storage buildings for Habitat for Humanity, things for the special education department, teachers with specific projects, they helped with the remodel of the Deli on the high school campus, and built a broadcast desk for the student news station.

They made some money off the wedges, primarily because McKee helped underwrite the lumber. Five classes of students, ranging from sophomores to seniors, helped build the pieces.

“We sat down and built all 1,000 of them right off the bat, and now we've moved on,” Crawford said.

They've bought a piece of machinery that will allow them to make larger wedges, and now they're trying to get enough money together for the lumber for those pieces.

“It's a great opportunity,” Crawford said.


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