CCC Carpentry and Brick Masonry Students Assist with Renovation
CLARKSDALE – Students in Coahoma Community College’s Career and Technical Education programs have been getting their hands dirty the past couple of weeks, receiving some valuable experience through renovations right here on CCC’s campus.
The students, enrolled in the Residential Carpentry program, under the instruction of Larry Barrett, and the Brick Block and Stone Masonry program, under the instruction of Mitchell Neal, have been assisting CCC’s Maintenance Department in completing renovations to the faculty apartments, located west of Whiteside Hall.
“This experience has helped to make me more aware of what’s coming in this field of work. We’re learning what we’re being taught in the books through hands-on experience,” said Carpentry student Giles Fisher of Shelby. “I know I’ve become more proficient with the tools and we’re getting to practice job safety, which is a plus.”
According to CCC’s Maintenance Supervisor Ralph Simpson, who designed and is supervising the project, the renovating included converting two, three-bedroom apartments into three studio apartments.
The energy efficient apartments will include a living room, studio kitchen, one bedroom with a walk-in closet, and a full bathroom. Other amenities include central air and heat, electric appliances, and a washer/dryer.
“This project was mandated by the President (Dr. Valmadge Towner) to give the institution’s staff more residential options as well as an opportunity to give the Career-Tech students some hands on experience,” said Simpson. “The exterior part of the project as well as the porch, floors, enclosing windows and finishing of the roof—anything that can be done by our Career-Tech students, we’re giving them that experience.”
Neal said he’s excited to see his students at work.
“These Brick, Block and Masonry students are gaining real experience using mortar versus practice mortar in the classroom,” said Neal. “It’s an experience that will benefit them for a lifetime.”
The renovations are expected to be completed by July 2014, Simpson said.
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