The William Floyd Home Design & Carpentry Academy recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity for a day to help build a house in Riverhead.
The William Floyd Home Design & Carpentry Academy, part of the district’s strong Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings, recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity for a day to help build a home in Riverhead. Led by carpentry teachers Matthew Van Horne and Adam Tesoro, the students worked on a shed they built during the school year and which was delivered to the site the day before their visit. The students then installed the house shell and siding over the shed, then built a floor section for another larger shed at the construction site. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to gain hands-on experience on a job site while getting involved in a great cause,” said Mr. Van Horne.
The William Floyd Home Design & Carpentry Academy offers a two-year program that combines practical skills development and technical training providing students with a basic understanding of the skills needed to work as a entry-level carpenter, apprentice carpenter or carpenter’s helper. During the first year of training, students learn the fundamentals of construction and carpentry. During the second year, students continue their training in building trades as well as the basics of plumbing, electrical and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Students must pass the industry assessment in order to receive this endorsement on the degree.