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In the Spotlight

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sustainable Building Science program lends hand to Northwest Housing Development

On a cold, dry February day, students in the Sustainable Building Science program at Clover Park Technical College spent the day helping to build houses for the needy in Graham.

“This not only gives the students a chance to give back to the community, it gives them hands-on experience before entering the job market,” said Dan Smith, the program’s instructor.

Northwest Housing Development is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide low and moderate income households with the opportunity to acquire new homes and reduce the burdens place upon the government to assist low-income households.

For 40 years, NHD has provided the technical assistance to enable 768 low-income households to become homeowners. NHD has a track record of successful property development, on-site construction, supervision and administration of construction projects.

This unique homeownership program for low-income people began in a donated meeting hall in the little town of Sumner, Washington, in 1969. The people were brought together by community organizers funded by the office of Economic Opportunity, Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church of Puyallup and by their own desire to effect positive change upon themselves and their community.

About the Sustainable Science Program:
For those interested in the current movement toward ‘green’ building practices in the construction industry, the Sustainable Building Sciences program prepares students for careers in this emerging field.

This program is designed to train construction professionals and facilities managers for building applications and systems that consume a minimal amount of non-renewable resources and contribute to environmental and personal health.

The Sustainable Building Science program will prepare graduates for careers in resource energy management, indoor air quality, solar installation, home energy rating systems, and other specialties that support the design, building, and maintenance of sustainable living environments.

The next work day at NHD is scheduled on April 21, 2010 at 9 a.m.

9126 202nd St Ct E
Graham WA 98338
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