Students from Niagara College’s Construction and Renovation Technology program

Hands on experience for Niagara College students is ‘gold’

May 3, 2023 6:17 pm | News

Students from Niagara College’s Construction and Renovation Technology program came out to help finish a Habitat for Humanity Niagara home in Thorold today in preparation for the upcoming home dedication ceremony.

The seven students, who are completing their last term of the program, installed door and window casements and cut and installed trim under the supervision of their professor (and former Habitat Niagara employee) Craig Brown.

“They were fantastic. It is a project based practical course and this opportunity gets them out working with other contractors,” said Craig, professor, School of Trades, Niagara College. “It’s hands on experience that is gold for them.”

Although some of the students were anxious about working on an actual job site, they were efficient and enjoyed the experience as most of their practical work is done at the school.

“It’s so great for them to come out and see how a job site works,” said Craig.

It was discussed that this could be an ongoing partnership and learning opportunity with Niagara College and Habitat Niagara to continue having the students on the build site.

“I was very excited to come out here, because during my co-op I did a little something like this,” said student Gabriel Organ. “It was a lot of fun I was really happy with all the work we did.”

It is a win-win for both organizations.

“It was a great experience for both of us,” said Erol Onen, Habitat Niagara’s construction manager. “Not only do we have the community involved with the students practicing their skills, but it also helps us build more homes for families.”

The students will have another opportunity to be back on the build site next week assisting with the final touches to complete the home.

“Anytime they (Habitat) need help or anything, just let us know,” said Gabriel.