On Friday April 24, 2015 from 10:30am until noon, leaders from Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, Bates Technical College, and local governments will come together with students from Bates to celebrate the completion of the first Habitat home built entirely by Bates Technical College students. The home was built in the Habitat development called The Woods at Golden Given, located at 962 104th Street East in the Midland area of Pierce County.
Students from the Carpentry and Electrical Construction programs at Bates Technical College constructed the home from foundation to finish in partnership with the Vazquez family, gaining valuable, hands-on experience before entering the industry.
Guests will take a short tour of the home and learn more about The Woods at Golden Given development. The Woods is currently home to 12 families (with 18 more in the pipeline) who have partnered with Habitat to purchase a simple, decent and affordable home with an affordable mortgage.
Invited guests include Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Executive; Al Griswold, Bates Technical College Executive Vice President; Instructors Chris Buselmeier, Bates Carpentry Program, and Dave Leenhouts, Bates Electrical Construction, who supervised construction of the home; David Westbrook, Office of Governor Jay Inslee Regional Representative for the South Sound and Olympic Peninsula; Jack Peters, Director of the Seattle Regional Office of HUD Region 10; and Maureen Fife, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity Chief Executive Officer.
Bates has partnered with Habitat since 2011, when Electrical Construction students wired the affiliate’s new office building located at 4824 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA. Since then, the Bates Electrical Construction program has partnered with Habitat to provide students with real world and hands on experience in new home construction, while providing Habitat with a low cost and high quality electrical contractor. This is the second project and first complete home build that Habitat and the Bates Carpentry program have partnered on.
“Students are getting the experience of what it’s like to build a house from the ground up and also fulfillment from working alongside a hardworking, low-income family whose life will be changed by this home. We hope once they are certified and out in the big world they will come back and continue to build with us,” said Maureen Fife, CEO of Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.
About Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1985, Tacoma/Pierce County has built 230 homes in partnership with low income families in need. As a result over 1,000 people now have a simple, decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat is truly “A hand up, not a hand out.” Homes are sold to partner families at no profit and with a 0% interest loan. Habitat families must also commit to working up to 500 “sweat equity” hours on construction of Habitat homes or on other Habitat projects. Each year, over 3,000 volunteers work with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat. Volunteers drive down the cost of construction, making Habitat one of the most affordable housing programs not just in Pierce County, but in the world.
About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.