Carpentry students Barberton, Copley and Norton Wadsworth build a house

Late last month, hard-working carpentry students from Wadsworth, Barberton, Norton and Copley High Schools put the finishing touches to an energy-efficient home on Stratford Avenue in Wadsworth.

Seniors in the School’s built-in Four Schools program learn all aspects of home building, from estimating jobs, learning to read blueprints, laying the foundation, and framing—basically, what it takes to build a floor-to-roof home. Many of them do it themselves, with some jobs like sub-wiring for area businesses.

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Building a home is an annual project of the woodworking program, which is growing in popularity, said Roger Wright, director of the Four Cities Charter. Driven by interest in an increasingly well-paid applied career, students had to compete for slots to be accepted.

Kendall Hahn, a student at Wadsworth, said the carpentry program helped her develop a more comprehensive understanding of what was required in her career as an architect.

“This year, we had to make a choice [process]He said on April 29 in an on-site interview at his Stratford Avenue home. “We had 40 kids who applied for…25 sites.”

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In Ohio, more than 250,000 students participated in career and technical education programs in the 2019-2020 school year, with courses covering careers in carpentry to animal care, health, nursing, automotive technologies, cosmetics, construction, machinery, and information technology.

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