BREWER – When learning how to build, construction students often learn better when they get out of the classroom.
Building construction students at Eastern Maine Community College spent part of Tuesday morning learning from work crews at a $2.5 million expansion at Downeast Horizons in Brewer.
“We’re here to look at an active job site so they can see the skills that they are learning at the community college are being put to use out in the real world,” said Bruce Randall, a building construction instructor at Eastern Maine Community College.
He added, “Our students when they graduate, they have a full knowledge of code, safety, and construction from the ground up.”
In fact, the EMCC students currently are building a three-bedroom condo for Habitat for Humanity in Orono.
Robert Perry Builders of Hermon began working in September on the 8,400-square foot addition to Downeast Horizons’ facility on Dirigo Drive.
The expansion includes a gym, requested by program participants and staff, said director Anthony Zambrano.