Habitat for Humanity homes under construction with TCAT partnership
TOP PHOTO: The partnership continues between the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Habitat for Humanity with construction on the 40th house underway. The foundation has been completed on the 41st as well. Both homes are located off Old Highway 63 just past Big O’s.
By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Construction on two new Habitat for Humanity Homes is underway through the continued partnership with the Jacksboro Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT).
This will be the third and fourth houses built in Campbell County through the TCAT partnership. The two new homes are being constructed off Old Highway 63 just past Big O’s. The lots sit side by side. Foundations have been completed for both homes and framing is underway on the first house, which is expected to be completed by May.
The students “gain valuable on site experience” while building for Habitat for Humanity.
According to both organizations, it’s a “true win-win situation” for the community and students alike. Students gain first hand experience in their trade, as well as learning how it feels to “give something back” to the community.
TCAT Building Construction Technology instructor Chris Goodman, forefront, teaches students about framing on the current Habitat for Humanity house build that TCAT has once again partnered to build.
TCAT Building Construction Technology students, as well as HVAC and Electrical students participate in the builds.
The first house built through the collaboration of TCAT students and Habitat was on East Fir Street (below) and the second was on Cowan Lane (above).
The Building Construction program at TCAT began after the college received Appalachian Regional Commission grant funds to expand opportunities in the county.
TCAT used its portion of the grant money to start the building construction program which was up and running by 2020 with a small class. The program has been growing each year.
The TCAT Building Construction Technology instructor for the build is Chris Goodman.
Tennessee College of Applied Technology President Debbie Petree said the “partnership was working perfectly,” and that students and instructors were doing wonderful with the program. She also said it had ended up being a great “recruiting tool” for TCAT.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for our students to gain the experience they need to progress their careers, and it’s great for the community as well. Through the media, potential students are learning that they get to actually build a house and get that kind of real life building technology experience to put on their resume and they’re signing up for classes; it’s been wonderful,” Petree said.
Local Habitat for Humanity Board President Zach Sheets said the partnership had remained a “true win-win for all involved” and that it helped cut costs immensely on the home build, which helps the homeowner out with a lower mortgage.
He said Habitat for Humanity and TCAT “make a great team.”
He also complimented TCAT instructors that help with the home builds.
Framing is underway on Habitat for Humanity’s 40th house! TCAT students have been busy getting the house started right before the holidays.
“They have the passion to share that knowledge with the students, who then build a house that’s going to help someone in need. It helps everyone; a true win-win. The students get the real life experience of building a home while giving back to the community; it’s just a great partnership for us to have and we couldn’t be happier with how it has all come together. Being able to work with Debbie and her team makes it all the better experience for Habitat,” Sheets said.
Sheets also said Habitat for Humanity was always looking for more properties to build homes on.
“If anyone is looking to sell or donate land, we would be happy to help,” Sheets said
Habitat for Humanity will also be taking home applications later this year at a “yet to be determined date that will be announced.”
For more information about Habitat for Humanity, or if you have properties to sell or donate, contact Sheets at 423.566.4010.
Anyone interested in the TCAT Building Construction Technology course, HVAC, Electrical or any of its many programs can call 423.566.9629 or visit TCAT’s website. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/09/2024-6AM)