Residential Construction Students Celebrate with an Open House

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By , May 4, 2009

Residential Construction Students Celebrate with an Open House
 

The 2008-09 Residential Construction class in front of the recently-completed “NLC House” in Dawson Creek.

The 2008-09 Residential Construction class in front of the recently-completed “NLC House” in Dawson Creek.

DAWSON CREEK – Residential Construction students at Northern Lights College celebrated a special achievement on April 29.
 
The class of six, along with instructor Mark Heartt, hosted an open house at a newly-built home located at 9625-15th Street in Dawson Creek.
 
What made this open house special was that the students had just finished constructing the house as the practical portion of their Residential Construction trades program at NLC.
 
“They started right from the ground up. They dug the hole, put in the footings, the foundation, and even did the painting,” said Heartt. “They were pushed very hard to complete this task. I think every one of them today is pretty darned proud, and they should be. They met a goal, and that’s very rewarding.”
 
The latest “NLC House” is the fifth to be built in Dawson Creek by Residential Construction students. NLC students also have built two houses and the new airport terminal in Chetwynd.
 
But this is the first time in the history of the program the students have completed the house project before the end of classes, including seeing the “for sale” sign in the front yard. The only parts of the house they did not do was drywall, plumbing and electrical.
 

This is how the recently-completed “NLC House” looked in mid-October, when students spent a sunny autumn day pouring concrete.

This is how the recently-completed “NLC House” looked in mid-October, when students spent a sunny autumn day pouring concrete.

Heartt said that the plans used for this 1,100 square foot structure allowed the students to complete the project. For example, building a single-storey house eliminated the need to work at various heights.
 
“The project itself was a little more reasonable to build than in previous years,” Heartt said. “It was a little less complicated, but not less functional.”
 
Students were involved in every aspect of the planning and construction process. The work started on Sept. 27, 2008, and was completed in 76 shifts over eight months. And, this year for the first time, the students were involved in project managing, including tracking expenses and making sure the project stayed within budget.
 
“This is the students’ work. I may have shown them how to trim a window, but they did the rest,” Heartt said. “This house could be here for 75 to 100 years. Several generations will be able to drive by and see it. This is something left behind by these students, and that’s what I like about it.”
 
The class was comprised of Megan Biddulph, Garrett Dunn, Kristin Gostick, Ward Moffat, Drew Robinson and Tyrone Watson.
 
For more information on Trades and Apprenticeship programming at NLC, call 1-866-463-6652 or go to the website at nlc.bc.ca.

Horn River Basin Producers Group and NLC partner to offer Oil and Gas

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By , May 1, 2009

Horn River Basin Producers Group and NLC partner to offer Oil and Gas Field Operations program in Fort Nelson

FORT NELSON – Residents of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will be the major beneficiaries of a unique training partnership between the Horn River Basin Producers Group and Northern Lights College (NLC).

Fort Nelson and area residents will have the opportunity to complete training in NLC’s Oil and Gas Field Operations program without leaving the area.

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