Building trades class sells house it built, buys property for next project

Students work on a past home built by the construction trades class.
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The 2,000-square-foot house built by the 2016-2017 Building Trades Class at Howell High School, located on Latson Acres Lane off Latson Road north of M-59, has been sold.

The class, which consists of students from the five Livingston County public school districts, is made possible through a partnership between the Howell Education Foundation and the Howell Public Schools District. This partnership enables the building trades program to continue to provide career opportunities in many building industry fields.

The Howell Education Foundation was established in 2003 to enhance the work of public schools. Since its creation, the Foundation has funded more than $1.6 million toward special programs. This support includes field trips, scholarships, science camps, educational programs, equipment for classrooms, incentive/recognition programs and more. All activities are designed to bring unique educational opportunities to the classroom through grant funding for teachers and programs.

“The Howell Education Foundation is a wonderful partner that provides support for programs that truly enhance the education that our students receive,” said Howell Superintendent Erin MacGregor. “The Foundation not only supports our teachers with classroom grants for projects, equipment, and field trips but also plays a big role in our Construction Trades program and in our ability to offer the Reaching Higher program to our students.”

And now the program is looking forward to its next build. Don Cortez, president of the Howell Education Foundation, announced the purchase of a one acre parcel on Bowen Road in Howell Township for the 2017- 2018 school year build.

“The public and private partnerships built through this program to benefit our students continue to amaze us.” Cortez said. The program had a 116 percent placement rate for our students wanting jobs. We have many request already for interns to work in industry jobs with local contractors and building companies.

For more information, contact Don Cortez via email at, or call him at (517) 204-6867.

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