The Construction Industry Education Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote awareness of opportunities available in the construction industry and help provide educational opportunities and scholarships. They recently met with the Building Trades teachers at the Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers, Matt Anastasi, Anthony Molinaro and Nick DiFelice, to see what they could do to assist their students. "Currently they work with McKinley High School and provide them with all the materials to build a 1,300 square foot modular home," says Mr. Anastasi. "The home, once completed, is sold to Habitat for Humanity and placed on a lot in Buffalo."
This program provides students in the carpentry, electrical, plumbing and sheet metal classes with valuable hands-on experience. "We are in preliminary talks for both our centers to start a similar program," says Mr. Anastasi. The Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing a construction related post-secondary degree and tools to those entering directly into a trade. "That is a huge benefit is that it would make our students eligible for a scholarship each month and put them in contention to be the student of the year which is a $10,000 scholarship!"