Aerial view of the Dowagiac campus

Construction Trades students work on 2nd Niles/Buchanan Habitat home

Southwestern Michigan College Construction Trades students work on 2nd Niles/Buchanan Habitat home

Students in the Construction Trades Green Technology program at Southwestern Michigan College recently finished work on their second house for the Niles-Buchanan Habitat for Humanity. This is the third home built by SMC students in the last two years – the first home built in Dowagiac was for the Cass County Habitat organization.

The first-year students worked with Habitat volunteers over a 14-day period took the unfinished home from the foundation to insulating the walls and putting up dry wall, according to Larry Wilson, SMC construction trades instructor. The home is located next to the house completed last on the corner of Ferry and Ninth streets in Niles.

The Southwestern Michigan College program offers a certificate or two-year degree in Construction Trades Green Technology, providing students with a foundation in ‘green’ building under the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) guidelines.

Pictured in front of the Niles home are SMC students (back row, l-r) Zackary Fosdick; Nolan Polomczk; Shilo Hollister; Jeff Mitchell, adjunct instructor; David Leech; Alex Thiede; and Larry Wilson, program instructor.

Front row, l-r, Larry Mallory, Niles-Buchanan Habitat project manager; Jordan Rumsey; Julian Palmer; Vercysia Jorge; and Linden Jones. Students not pictured are Dylan Cornish, Brandon True, and Rachel Mroz, program work study student.
For more information about the SMC Construction Trades Green Technology program, contact the college’s Admissions office at 269-782-1499.

Photo Credit: Rachel Mroz, Southwestern Michigan College work study student.