Project Nearing End, CHS Construction Class Celebrates

It was kind of fun, cause the kids saw me struggle with it, and had to problem solve through it. And so they got to see that real life experience, it was kind of fun,

- Instructor Marcus Gillespie

COLUMBUS – As the CHS Construction Technology Class nears the end of construction on a 1,400 square foot garage, they held a celebration to acknowledge the classes hard work.

Students gathered at the home of CHS Instructor Tracy Dodson on Thursday, where the garage is being built.  The project began in August with a separate class, and the spring class worked to put the finishing touches on the construction.

Columbus High Seniors Kaylee Tobiason and Sam Akers said they have learned a variety of skills throughout the spring semester that they can carry on to future endeavors.

“Class came before us and started on it, and the structure was basically up, but we did siding and shingling, and a bunch of miscellaneous things to get it put together,” says Tobiason.

“Well they’re [Instructors Tracy Dodson and Marcus Gillespie] pretty goofy here and there, but they’re pretty good teachers. They’ve got a lot of experience. They can help out a lot,” says Akers. “After high school, I’m going to go to Northeast College and major in business construction.”

Construction Technology Instructor Marcus Gillespie says at first it wasn’t easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. He says this was much larger than past projects, which usually consisted of 400-500 square foot buildings with four walls and a roof.

“There was a lot of scratching our heads, when we we’re in the trusses and trying to get that laid out. It was kind of fun, cause the kids saw me struggle with it, and had to problem solve through it. And so they got to see that real life experience, it was kind of fun,” says Gillespie.

There are still parts of the project that need to be completed, but Gillespie says the project should be completed soon.  The class celebrated with a BBQ, outside the garage, just off Country Club Drive on Thursday afternoon.

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