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Throughout the school year, 145 Penta Career School students have been constructing a 2,600-square-foot house as part of their career training.

The house, which is being constructed for the Visser family, is located at 423 Hillside Dr. in Rossford. It will be open to the public Sunday, May 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Parking will not be available on Hillside Drive. Visitors are asked to park at Eagle Point Elementary School, 203 Eagle Point Rd., where a shuttle bus will run every 15 minutes.


“Each year, our students construct a house as part of their senior class project,” said David Ziemke, supervisor of the construction trades programs at Penta Career Center. “Students in our construction trades programs build houses to gain valuable hands-on experience in residential home construction.”

The two-story house has four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.  Special features include a finished walkout basement; a wood-burning fireplace; a brick and stone exterior; and a large rear deck.

Students in the school’s Construction Carpentry, Masonry, Electricity and HVACR/Piping Systems Technology programs worked on some aspect of the home construction projects. Penta instructors Larry Bumpus, Rob Weaver, Tim Blanchard, Denny Hoeft, Pat Luther, Mike Hardenbrook, Dennis Zalinski, Mike Urbine and Matt Hemker worked with the students throughout the school year to complete the house.

Construction Trades students learn a variety of skills including rough and finish carpentry; installation of interior/exterior trim; blueprint reading; power/hand tool use; house and commercial wiring; HVACR; and concrete and bricklaying 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.

Students at Penta build at least one house each school year. The homebuilding project is part of the high school curriculum in the Construction Trades programs.

For more information about applying for a Penta-built home, contact David Ziemke at 419-666-1120, ext. 6358. Potential homebuilding projects must be located within a 10 to 15 minute driving distance of the Penta campus. In addition, a potential project must be located within one of Penta’s member school districts. 




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