RegisterHerald reports that students from Beckley, West Virgina Academy of Careers and Technology (ACT) put their training to work by building an actual modular home that will be auctioned through a sealed bid. Principal Charles Pack said “Not only do they learn about it, they are able to actually build a house and know they are doing exactly what they are going to do in their careers.” Previous academy-made homes can be seen in the community, including a dentist’s office. Building and trades instructor Van Carr said, “It gives them the real, hands-on experience. They get to work with other classes and are never assigned to work with the same student twice. They have to learn to be able to work with different personalities and be able to get along.” Students are expected to work within a time limit, as they would on a real job site. This modular home has special touches added by the students. Carr had his second-year students pick out all the fixtures, flooring and trim. The students chose to use Berber carpet and oak hardwood flooring. The modular house is 1,248 square feet with three bedrooms, a living room, combination kitchen and dining room, utility room and two full baths. The kitchen has an island, stove, side-by-side refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, oak cabinets and stainless steel sink.
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