Central’s Tiny House Goes Up for Bid

Anna Morawiecki sent me this announcement and I wanted to share it with you.

Central High School’s tiny house will go up for auction this week.

Students in the school’s construction trades pathway built a tiny house in their Construction Capstone course. Now that it is complete, Central is auctioning the tiny house to the highest bidder. The auction is open Aug. 1 – 17.

Proceeds from the auction will  help make a large-scale project of this nature sustainable for the construction program at Central High School. Students are involved in all aspects of building the diminutive domicile.

“The students worked really hard on this project and learned a lot of skills that will serve them well whether or not they choose to pursue a construction trade,” said Anna Morawiecki, a Career and Technical Education Coordinator with SPPS. “As the project comes to a close they are really proud to see what they’ve created. It really is stunning student work!”

Career and Technical Education pathways help to address the achievement gap, improve attendance, apply knowledge learned in the classroom and allow students to earn college credits.

The construction trades are experiencing high demand for highly skilled workers, and SPPS is helping prepare students with an interest in these fields to be highly employable and make a livable, family-supporting wage.

The startup costs for the tiny house project were funded by grants from the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the federal Department of Employment and Economic Development. Local businesses were also instrumental in implementing the program.

The Minnesota Trades Academy, a program that offers paid internships to SPPS students to learn about the trades, also partnered with Central High School to finish the tiny house. With this partnership, Central will begin a new project to be built during the 2018-19 school year.

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