High School Training Students for Construction of Modular Homes

PortageTeensBuildingHouseNWIDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsBuilders of conventional, manufactured, and modular homes have routinely stated their need for more skilled labor.  The Daily Business News has tracked those challenges, one recent example, is linked here.

Now Chesterton, Indiana, high school students in the construction technology program are busy building a modular home on the school’s grounds, per veteran reporter Carmen McCollum for Northwest Indiana (NWI).

Instructor Tom Garzella reportedly stated that he’s secured a contract with Valparaiso, IN based Housing Opportunities, to buy their home for use by the nonprofit for the low-income, or the homeless.


We’re building a three-bedroom, one-bathroom modular home, about 900 square feet,” Garzella said. “We’re building it in two halves; then it will be put together when it’s moved to the site.”

Caren Furdeck, director of development for Housing Opportunities, expressed her thoughts like this, “We are excited to see this younger generation so involved and engaged in social justice and giving back to their community.”


This is the launch of this idea,” Furdeck said.


Hopefully, it will be successful, and we can continue this partnership. How great will it be for these students to be able to say they had a part in this project and contributed to their community,” Furdeck stated.


Garzella said the costs to build the modular home was about $26,000, and they’ve sold it to Housing Opportunities for about $35,000.  The profits are to go back into the program. ## (News.)

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