Waldport High School Students who took a construction class under Career and Technical Education (CTE) offered at Waldport high school, designed and then built each element of a Tiny Home. Now the first finished Tiny Home is in the parking lot ready to be put up for sale.
The Tiny Home was produced from one of the branches of study in the Career Pathways Program at the Waldport High School called Manufacturing and Fabrication. The money raised will go directly back to the school to use to create another Tiny Home. Ultimately, the Tiny Home projects should be self-sustaining.
According to teacher, Melissa Steinman, “students themselves came up with the concept, created the designs with an architect, and selected which would be the best design for what they feel a local client would find to be the most livable. Students were involved in every single detail down to what stain color they preferred.”
One of the students involved, Korben Finley, explained that the next Tiny Home will be, “transitional housing for anyone who is at risk of becoming homeless in our community.” He is excited to be a part of the whole process next year.
The Tiny Homes construction program is under the guidance of CTE-certified instructors, Greg Wood and Melissa Steinman who have created many partnerships with local businesses and use a collaborative style with the students. Mr. Wood said the kids have played an important part in making design and construction decisions for the tiny house. Wood added, “In the end, they are the ones who will come away with skills that may lead to increased employment opportunities in high wage high demand jobs here at the coast (or beyond).”