At a time when the construction industry is finding it challenging to hire skilled workers, the Knight Construction program at Oak Creek High School is helping students build a foundation for successful careers in construction. Each school year, students enrolled in the Knight Construction program build a residential home from the ground up. "By building a home from the ground up, students can get hands-on experiences with everything from framing to shingling to drywall and painting," explains Mr. Matt Lonergan, the program leader and technology & engineering teacher at OCHS.
Students enrolled in the Knight Construction program earn two credits while learning relevant job skills that will prepare them for a career in the construction industry. Students learn about safety, using power tools, and building materials, all essential components of the construction industry. Local businesses and craftsmen donate their time to work with the students on every aspect of home construction including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, drywall, and finishing work. Students also complete First Aid/CPR training and OSHA-10 training.
The Knight Construction program allows students to explore the full range of career choices in the construction industry. "It just kind of clicked," says high school senior Cameron after working with an electrician at the Knight Construction house. "I really enjoyed working on the electrical part of the house and plan to do something in the electrical field after graduation," Cameron explains.
Senior Brandon recalls when the Knight Construction program was first started in 2015. "The program started when I was a freshman, and I've been interested in joining ever since," Brandon shares.
Brandon plans to pursue a career in the construction industry after high school graduation. "I've always liked heavy trucks and equipment since I was a little kid. It's always been an interest of mine," Brandon shares.
The program continues to be successful with the many thanks to its supporters. "We continue to see an outpouring of support from local businesses and the community," Mr. Lonergan says. Construction of the 1,700 square foot ranch-style home is nearing completion. The community is invited to take a tour of the home during their open house events on Sunday, June 2, 3-5pm and Monday, June 3, 3-5pm. The home is located at 10015 S Shepard Ave in Oak Creek.