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November 14, 2013

Building experience: Students help raise local structures

Century Career Center students help raise local structures

Students taking a building trades class at Century Career Center have been helping to build the foundation for a nearly 7,200-square foot multi-use barn on the Logansport High School campus. Students in Building Trades I and Building Trades II have been assisting Shepler Construction to build the structure near the baseball field.

Allen Catterlin, building trades teacher, said his students have removed the forms from the concrete foundation as well as spent time tying rebar for rebar mats and cages.

Catterlin said the building is 70 feet by 100 feet with a 20-foot ceiling.

Working on projects helps give the students experience and a break from what they have been doing on a different job site, Catterlin said.

"It reinforces what they're taught in class," Catterlin said. "I try to teach them what they're expected to know on an actual job site."

This particular project has given students a unique opportunity to see how the foundation is done, Catterlin said.

Cory Sutton, a student in the afternoon building trades class, said he prefers getting experience over sitting in a classroom.

"It's more exciting to get hands-on experience," Cory said. "We also have the freedom to do different things."

Another student, Derick Westbrook, said through taking a class like building trades, students are able to see if the career is a "yea or nay" for them.

"You get to see if maybe you want to build a career out of it," Derick said. "It's a yea for me."

The class also provides college credit, said Catarina Beebout, a building trades student. Students can earn six college credits through Ivy Tech or Vincennes University.

"You have the freedom to do things others might not get the chance to do," Beebout said.

Greg Korreckt, business manager/controller at Logansport Community School Corporation, said the building will allow a spillover area for practicing.

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