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Last updated 2/18/2021 at 10:19am

District, Rotary team up to build construction careers

Just off Highway 99 near Northwest Motorsports in Lynnwood, students learning construction and carpentry have been hard at work on a duplex.

The 12 advanced Carpentry & Construction Program students have earned the right to

build – under supervision – two duplexes, each about 2,200 square feet.

It’s part of a longtime Career & Technical Education (CTE) program, involving a partnership between the district and Rotary Club of Lynnwood, which acts as the general contractor for the project.

The 12 students rotate construction duties due to COVID-19, and precautions are taken to ensure everyone’s safety.

First-year students aren’t building the duplexes. Instead, their focus is on passing all the required Carpentry Level 1 tests. They can also apply for a level one apprenticeship accreditation through the Construction Industry Training Council, says Jim McGaughey , who oversees instruction for the program.

Advanced students – in their second year of the program – have been working on the first of two planned duplexes that are expected to be finished by the end of the school year. Students do much of the construction but not everything.

“They don’t do foundations now,” McGaughey says. “Just what the curriculum calls for.” That means students work on floors, walls, ceilings, roofs and stairs plus outside sheeting, sliding windows, door hanging, window trimming and doors.

The rest is handled by sub-contractors, he says.

McGaughey has help from instructor Ken Pierson and assistant Scott Johnson.

Verdant provides $12K to support EC students

Through an agreement with the Edmonds College Foundation, Verdant Health Commission will provide $12,000 to support EC students facing food insecurity during winter quarter. “We appreciate the generous support of Verdant Health Commission,” said EC President Amit B. Singh. “Our students are working hard to continue their education during this time, and this will reduce the burden and worry about where their next meal will come from.“I’m also thankful for the time and effort of Chef Dane Catering and the EC Culinary team to prepare wonderful meals for our students.”Meals will be prepared by EC Culinary Arts and Chef Dane Catering of Lynnwood.

EC Culinary and Chef Dane will receive $9,000 toward meal preparation and an additional $3,000 will be donated to the EC food pantry to purchase food staples.

“Verdant is dedicated to ensuring greater food security for the students at Edmonds College,” said Verdant Superintendent Lisa Edwards. “Working together, we can leverage our resources to help students have access to nutritious meals that will sustain them in their studies.”

For more information: http://www.edmonds.edu/foodpantry.


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