During this past school year, 100 high school students at Penta Career Center have been constructing a 2,200 square-foot soccer building as part of their career training.
The building, a contracted project for the Eastwood Schools, is located at 4900 Sugar Ridge Rd., between Luckey and Lemoyne roads in Pemberville.
“Most school years, our students construct a house as part of their senior class project, however, this year we did not have a house project but instead we had the opportunity to construct a building for Eastwood Schools,” says Kevin McCann, supervisor of the Construction Trades programs at Penta. “This project was valuable for the students so they could gain hands-on experience working in construction.”
The two-story soccer building will house concessions, a press box, restrooms and storage. Special features include a two-part truss system; fire retardant materials; three large windows on the second floor to view games; decorative wainscoting and a full brick front on one side of the building.
Students in Penta’s Construction Carpentry, Electricity, Remodeling, Masonry, HVACR/Piping Systems Technology, and Construction Trades programs worked on some aspect of the home construction project. Instructors Rob Weaver, Pat Luther, Mike Urbine, Mike Hardenbrook, Jason Vida and Mike Knitz worked with the students throughout the school year to complete the soccer building.
Students in Penta’s Construction Trades programs are instructed in a variety of areas including rough and finish carpentry; installation of interior/exterior trim; blueprint reading; power/hand tool use; residential wiring; heating and air conditioning, and concrete and brick laying techniques.
Many of the students participate in the School-To-Work program, where they successfully work throughout the year with area construction companies and will be permanently employed with those same companies at the end of the school year. Students who do not participate in School-To-Work seek employment in a construction career, enter apprenticeship-training programs, or move on to post-secondary training upon graduation.
For more information about contracting with Penta to construct a house, contact Kevin McCann at 419-666-1120, ext. 6358. Potential home building projects must be located within a 10 to 15 minute driving distance of Penta’s Perrysburg Township campus.
In addition, potential projects must be located within one of Penta’s member school districts. Over the years, Penta has constructed 80 homes in the community.