Nelson County

Nelson County High School Building Trades/ Habitat For Humanities Partnership

Categories: Nelson County | 2017

For more than two decades, Nelson County’s Building Trades Program has partnered with Nelson Habitat for Humanities to help accomplish its mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. This year marks the 24th time students in the program have undertaken this project.  The students build the house from the ground up, including everything from installing the floor system to the shingles on the roof, as well as building walls and roughing in plumbing and electrical inside.  Through the Habitat project, students learn skills that translate to real-world, post-secondary jobs. The building trade curriculum helps them learn tangible skills like how to cut boards, build walls and install insulation, and other important soft skills such as teamwork and problem solving.  Additionally, students learn about heating ventilation and air-conditioning systems and electrical work.  They fulfill orders from the community for items such as picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, sheds and personalized corn hole boards. The NCHS Building Trades Program and Habitat for Humanities Partnership allows students to use their skills to help the community.  Students are involved in the process from beginning to end.  The class watches the movement of their house and then goes on a field trip to see the house on its new site. Students take pride in knowing that through this partnership they are lending a helping hand to families.


Paul Connell
Building Trades Teacher
434- 263- 8317