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

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Salt Lake Community College President Cynthia Bioteau, and students, faculty and administrators from the College were on hand for the dedication of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Park City, Utah on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Habitat for Humanity creates safe, healthy, decent, energy efficient and affordable housing to low-income families around the world.

Park City Habitat for Humanity home

Park City Habitat for Humanity home

The Habitat for Humanity 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. Any time we can give back, it means a lot.

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.

“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.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Educating and training more than 62,000 people each year, the College is the largest institution of higher education in Utah. The College has 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Courses are offered during both traditional and accelerated semesters, during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

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