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COT Students Help Complete Five Habitat Houses


4/29/2010

A group of Construction/Carpentry Technology students from the Montana Tech College of Technology has helped complete five new homes in partnership with Habitat For Humanity of Southwest Montana. The students, and their instructors, Bill Ryan and Brian Holm, worked very diligently to complete the homes in a record seven months. The homes, completed with special accessibility features and which exceed Energy Star standards for efficiency, are located in the 300 block of Aluminum Street.

"I am so very proud of our students, said Bill Ryan, COT Carpentry Instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technology Department. "Not only are our students learning valuable skills, they are getting to work on actual construction projects while helping their community." Instructor Brian Holm added, "The construction of these five homes involved about 12,000 hours of volunteer work by our students. Built in only seven months, this has been the quickest construction time for any Habitat home in this region."

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. They have been very active in several Southwest Montana counties since they started activities here in 1997. Habitat for Humanity homes are made affordable to local, low income families.

"Montana Tech has recently joined the American Democracy Project. The goal of the ADP is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "The construction of these five Habitat for Humanity homes has been one of the best examples of our involvement with the American Democracy Project. Our students are participating in the betterment of their community with the construction of these new homes for low income families. They are active parts of the solution to problems in the community. It doesn’t get better than that."

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.