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      Construction students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

      Albany Technical College TMs Carlton Construction Academy students will volunteer their services to two Habitat for Humanity projects.

      Students from the Carpentry, Air Conditioning Technology, Building Maintenance, Masonry, and Plumbing programs will use the skills they have learned in their programs to get real world experience, while servicing the community.

      We made this into a two-day event in order to assist Habitat in completing these two homes for two families in need, said Emmett Griswold, Dean of the Carlton Construction Academy at Albany Tech. Griswold says the projects are not just a means for live work for the students, but a meaningful way to give back to their community and learn the importance of community service.

      For the past three years, the Construction Academy at Albany Tech has held a G.I.R.L.S. (Gumption. Innovation. Leadership. Service) Camp for high school students, which was designed to teach females interested in pursuing a career in the construction field the basics of carpentry, electrical wiring, electromechanical engineering, and heating and air conditioning technology. As part of the camp, students were able to volunteer time painting and landscaping new Habitat Homes in the area.

      In November 2010, carpentry program students at Albany Tech built and donated doghouses to the local Habitat chapter so that families would have adequate housing and shelter for their pets.

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