Local students help build Fuller Center homes in Shreveport

By Jim Potts

Students from Bossier Parish Community College’s Student Associated General Contractors Chapter joined with the Northwest Louisiana Fuller Center for Housing to build two houses in two weeks.

Throughout the semester students in the Construction Technology and Management program learned the principals of construction. However, this was the first time they got to take what they learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. In two weeks the students plan on building two houses as part of what Linda Sonnier, program director for the CTM program calls a house blitz.

While attending Louisiana Tech Sonnier worked with the Fuller Center on a modular housing project. After getting a job with BPCC Sonnier continued her work with the Fuller Center via her students in the CTM program. Since the spring of 2008 semester Sonnier has invited students to build houses for the Fuller Center.

"In our methods class we are learning about wood frame. [Students] learn more today about what wood frame is than I could teach in two weeks worth of classes. You have to do it to be able to learn it," said Sonnier.

Lee Jeter, executive director of the Fuller Center, agrees.

"It’s a win-win for us and the [college]. The students get the hands on experience and we get the volunteer labor we need to facilitate our ministry as far as building houses for those in need," said Jeter.

The BPCC students not only worked on two houses, but they also worked alongside the future occupants. Continue reading>>

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