SPHS building trades students

Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation continue to support the Building Trades Class

Ground has been broken for the Habitat for Humanity and Saint Peter High School’s Building Trades Program as the new school year begins. Habitat for Humanity and the Building Trades class has been building homes to meet the community need for affordable housing since 1994.

(Shown in the photo above, students in Mr. Robinson's Building Trades class at SPHS practice doing measurements in preparation for laying foundations, skills they will be using at the Habitat for Humanity home they will be constructing this year in the Traverse Green development.)

The collaboration between Habitat and the Building Trades class allows for high schoolers to get hands-on building experience and an opportunity to participate on a project that has a lifelong impact on a Habitat family and the community.

Each year, the Building Trades class offers 12-18 students a rigorous and relevant hands-on learning curriculum which helps meet the community need for affordable housing. Habitat provides the building materials and students build the home under the guidance of their teacher while they learn essential skills preparing them for occupations in the building trades.

Habitat is committed to continue to offer families in St. Peter the option to attain homeownership affordably. This program offers families access to affordable homeownership, which is a hand up, not a handout. It also creates improved safety, child education attainment, and builds generational wealth. 

The SPHS Building Trades teacher and students are a vital part of this mission. Generous financial partners including the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation continue to consistently support affordable housing in St. Peter and the Building Trades class through this collaboration.

About Habitat: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota has built 145 homes and 630 individuals in Blue Earth, Sibley, Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties. Through shelter, we empower. Interested in donating or volunteering to support the Mankato build? Visit www.habitatscmn.org.