It is the last weekend of the Parade of Homes 2021 in Southern Utah. Each year the students in Washington County School District build a home. They are supervised by a contractor, Justin Wanlass, who also happens to be their teacher. Mr. Wanlass holds the class at Pine View High School and students from Pine View and other district high schools travel to the site as part of their CTE curriculum. The cabinets were also built by students under the direction of Steve Wilson at Desert Hills High School. The interior design classes participated in the finishing of this home. After the Parade of Homes the home will be sold to a full time employee of Washington County School District.
People touring the home had nothing but great things to say about the students work. While there I was asked a couple of times if they could hire the crew out to do some remodeling or build them a house. The students were excited to share every part that they participated in and proudly showed visitors around the home.
This is just another great example of CTE programs that are provided in Southwest Utah. Mr. Wanless shared that there is a great need for skilled workers in the construction trade. These students are trained from the ground up, pouring cement, framing, sheetrocking, painting, and finish work. They would be able to move right into careers in the construction field. There are several high school courses that can get them ready for a career in construction, interior design, carpentry and the like. To find out more about CTE programs and opportunities, see your high school CTE teacher.
Here are some clips from a video they created!
See the full video below!