Carpentry students from Vancouver Island University have contributed their time and expertise over the last four months to assist with Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island's latest project.
VIU instructor Dean Vinden guided 16 students from the university's first-year carpentry program for 60 days on the project, located on Prideaux Street, mainly with framing and construction tasks.
All together, the students contributed a total of 7,200 hours on the project as part of their carpentry program's entry-level technical training, which gives students the opportunity to work on the construction of an actual home.
Habitat for Humanity spokeswoman Jessie-Magee Chalmers said that as the students learn, they are also giving back to the community in "a big way" by empowering two local families to achieve home ownership through her organization.
"I would like (the students) to come away from this whole course with a love of carpentry. If they do, my job's done," said Vinden earlier this summer.
"They'll go on and build great house and enroll in second and third years of carpentry."
Habitat for Humanity builds homes for families who live below the poverty line. As of the end of last year, HFHMVI has helped 12 families.
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