How to get into the Class

steps to get into the class

  1. Read the information below called "What is Building Trades?" and decide if you are interested in becoming a member of the class.
  2. If you are a high school sophomore or junior, contact your counselor to have the Building Trades class put on your planning sheet so that you can be pre-registered for the class.
  3. If the demand for the class is higher than the available room then before the end of the school year the Building Trades teacher will meet with the pre-registered students to help them with an application process. 
  4. From the applications received, 36 students will be chosen to enroll in the class starting in the Fall Term.

What is Building Trades

Building Trades, often called the Student-built House, is a class for any high school junior or senior. It is a year-long course that meets for two periods, either in the morning or the afternoon, each day. The class meets away from the school campus at a construction site. During the school year students in the class build a house!

There are no pre-requisites for the class, any interested student is welcome to sign-up. However there is an application process. Do you like the idea of taking a class in which you can help build something as real as a house? If you think this is something for you, then read on for more information.

What do you do in the class?

The Building Trades class isn't for students who just want to sit in class and listen to the teacher talk. This class is for students who want to do things. During the course of one school year the class will build a single-family house!

You will do the framing, roofing, install doors & windows, experience drywall, install finish trim, plus much more  and have a great time doing it. All of this plus 2 periods credit each term.

View information about this year's house!

Why might the class be good for you?

The Building Trades class is for anyone who wants to be a part of a team effort in practical problem solving. Specifically, students whose career goals include constructionconstruction managementarchitectural designengineering, or any other building trades career.

The class is also good for anyone who has ever wondered how a house is built. Or, for someone who likes the idea of learning problem solvingteamwork, and the use of tools while working on a real life project.

Build a house, build your own future!

The Building Trades class could be just the thing that you are looking for in your class schedule. It is a great class that not only prepares you for a possible future in the field of construction, but it is also a whole lot of fun!

If you want to find out more -

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Contact your high school counselor.

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Call the teacher and leave a message: 319 558-1977.

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Or email the teacher: dsmith@cr.k12.ia