Chicopee Comp students building new house

Intent is to have home ready for sale by the fall

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It is not just English, math, science, and history that students are learning at Chicopee Comprehensive High School- some of them are gaining new knowledge as they build a new house!

Students from Comp’s Career and Technical Education program have been working alongside professionals building a new colonial-style house on Rolf Street from the bottom-up. The walls and roof are all up, and windows have been installed, and vinyl siding has just been delivered.

“It helps us learn how the actual field is if you go into the construction industry,” Comp student Jennifer Therrien said.

“We call this a ‘real world project;’ this prepares the kids for what we call ‘industry-driven careers,'” teacher Carl Ingram said.

Ingram said students from several of their career technical programs are part of the project. Drafting students designed the house, electrical students are wiring it, and carpentry students are building it.

They hope to have the house finished and on the market by fall.