CANTON — Superintendent Jill Rossetti is pleased to announce that the Construction Technology and Drafting/Computer-Aided Design (CAD) students are working on several projects in honor of National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.
CTE Month, which takes place in February each year, provides career and technical education programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how these programs make students college and career ready, and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.
“Blue Hills offers cutting-edge technical programs that provide quality technical education to all students,” said Superintendent Rossetti. “Students in the Blue Hills Construction Technology program receive state-of-the-art education in a vast construction industry that encompasses house carpentry, millwork and commercial construction. CTE Month provides a time for us to highlight all of our students’ amazing accomplishments and the skills our Construction Technology department has equipped them with.”
Sophomore Construction Technology students have been working on projects in which they will construct either a dog house or tool shed from wooden frames they’ve created. Throughout their projects, students are responsible for creating and drawing a floor plan for their structure, estimating the amount and prices of materials needed and the layout and construction of their project.
“It’s amazing to see what our students can accomplish,” said Construction Technology teacher Burke Doherty. “The students started by creating their own small scale framing project and now they are proficient in the safe use of a multitude of power tools that are commonly found on job sites. Their experiences and exposure to construction projects here at Blue Hills are the building blocks for their professional futures in construction.”
Construction Technology juniors and seniors continue to work on previous projects of theirs, a 2,000-square-foot addition on a home in Canton and a garage at the Dedham Housing Authority. At the home addition project in Canton, students are using their carpentry skills to install vinyl siding, construct a deck and portico, hang blue board gypsum board, install interior doors and trim and install hardwood and tile flooring. At the Dedham Housing Authority project, students are building upon their previous work at a garage they built last year by finishing the interior. Students are currently sheetrocking and joint compounding the walls and ceilings to make them paint-ready, as well as sheathing one interior wall with plywood to make it easier for them to add shelving.
In addition to the Construction and Technology projects, Drafting/CAD juniors composed professional emails to a faculty/staff member asking if they would like to participate in a master bedroom and bathroom project. Students then developed two different floor plans and will present them to their clients at a one-on-one meeting. At the client presentations, students will show sketches, CAD drawings, sample products from Home Depot and IKEA and anything else they created, such as a display board, slideshows and the overall cost of the project.
“These all-encompassing projects allow our Drafting/CAD students to get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art drawing software programs, including AutoCAD and Inventor,” said Drafting/CAD Instructor Mike Sheehan. “The presentations students prepare for their clients allow them to take what they sketched on the software programs and bring it to life with sample products and a real-life budget. Essentially, students are partaking in tasks they might encounter in their professional future.”
To learn more about the opportunities and programs offered at Blue Hills Regional Technical School, visit www.bluehills.org.