Woodward's construction program earns it Duke Energy's School of the Week

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Woodward's Constructing a Pathway to Careers program earns it recognition as Duke Energy's School of the Week (WKRC)

BOND HILL, Ohio (WKRC) - Woodward Career Technical High School's innovative program to get students out of the classroom and into the real world has earned it recognition as Duke Energy's School of the Week.

Inside the basement of the school is the framework of a house built by students working in the construction program. It will eventually be a two bedroom house on Ryland Avenue. It's the first of two homes students will build.

In just a few weeks, the beams will be transported in 15-foot sections to the property down the street.

The house will be completed and then sold. That money used for the second house.

This innovative program called Constructing a Pathway to Careers, is thanks in part to a grant and Allied Construction Industries.

The school recently received a state certification as a certified pre-apprenticeship program. It's important because this is a field in need of craftsman. The students will leave high school prepared and ready for immediate employment.

It' transforms classroom skills into the real world. "Not only do they learn how to build, they learn how to manage their time," says program facilitator for Buildings Technologies West Davis. "They learn how to manage money, they learn how to spend money, how to order supplies, which can be equated to ordering groceries and how you use them. They learn life skills. How to work together as a team, how to be reliable, how to be dependable."

Student project manager Darius Little says, "I always wanted to build a house, so to be able to actually do it, makes me want to cry sometimes because it really touches me to actually see this house up and framed. It's the best thing and I can't wait to get it on the job site."

This program also helps students learn algebra and tests their writing skills for future building proposals and contracts.

It's a very high-tech program. Everything is paperless, so they have to be able to use iPads and computers.

Students choose their technical track sophomore year.