On Friday April 24, 2015 leaders from Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, Bates Technical College, and local governments came together with students from Bates to celebrate the completion of the first Habitat home built entirely by Bates Technical College students. The home was built in The Woods at Golden Given.
Students from the Carpentry and Electrical Construction programs at Bates Technical College constructed the home from foundation to finish in partnership with the Vazquez family, gaining valuable, hands-on experience before entering the industry.
“Students are getting the experience of what it’s like to build a house from the ground up and also fulfillment from working alongside a hardworking, low-income family whose life will be changed by this home. We hope once they are certified and out in the big world they will come back and continue to build with us,” said Maureen Fife, CEO of Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.
Bates has partnered with Habitat since 2011, when Electrical Construction students wired the affiliate’s new office building. Since then, the Bates Electrical Construction program has partnered with Habitat to provide students with real world and hands on experience in new home construction, while providing Habitat with a low cost and high quality electrical contractor. This is the second project and first complete home build that Habitat and the Bates Carpentry program have partnered on.
The Vazquez family’s home was dedicated on Saturday April 25. Volunteers working at different sites around The Woods stopped what they were doing to join the family for this celebration.
“Being a single mother has put obstacles in my life, but I’ve never let that be an excuse not to succeed,” Ms. Vazquez said. “Without question, I know that I’m prepared to handle being a homeowner.”