PROVIDENCE--Today, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and City
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris joined students from Providence Career and
Technical Academy for a beam-signing ceremony of a student-built, two-story
house, currently under construction on Blackstone Street in Ward 11 of the
“This project presents our students with an invaluable
opportunity to gain real-world experience in the building trades,” said Mayor
Jorge Elorza. “In addition to putting residential constructions techniques into
practice, they are also learning important life skills, like team work and time
When the PCTA Home Build Program is completed in June,
nearly 150 career and technical students will have played a role in its
planning and construction, including juniors and seniors from PCTA’s carpentry,
general construction, electrical, HVAC & plumbing and pre-engineering
programs. The project also offers job shadowing and exploration experiences for
more than 100 PCTA freshmen and sophomores. Students from the school’s graphic
communications program will help design real estate marketing materials for the
Funding and support come from the Governor’s Workforce Board,
Providence Public Schools and the City of Providence’s Office of Economic
Opportunity. Proceeds from the house’s sale will finance future home-building
projects for PCTA students.
“This work will earn the students a pathway endorsement from
the Rhode Island Department of Education,” said Superintendent Christopher
Maher, who added, “Providence Public Schools are committed to creating more
career pathways with built-in work experience, just like you are seeing in
The City’s Director of Economic Opportunity Brian Hull said,
“Workforce development is economic development. The PCTA Home Build Program is
giving hands-on construction experience to high school youth that will prepare
them for future academic and career success and put them on a pathway to
On site construction is overseen by Casa Buena Builders. The
770-square-foot, two-bedroom house is sized for energy efficiency.
Additionally, the contractor is working with CLEAResults environmental
consultants to achieve energy efficiency standards in air filtration and
insulation. Materials such as wood floors, clapboard and mahogany trim were
chosen for durability and aesthetics.
Currently, the foundation has been poured, and carpentry
students are working on sills and floor systems. When the exterior and bearing
walls are in place, students will tackle the jobs of roofing, interior
partitions and window placement. Once the exterior is completed, electrical,
plumbing and HVAC students will begin work on site. Meanwhile, students will be
building cabinets at the school shop, to be installed in the spring. Interior
walls, plastering and trim are scheduled for late spring.
One of 12 public high schools and district charter high
schools in Providence, Providence Career and Technical Academy offers career
and technical education through the following programs: Automotive Technology,
Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical Technology, General
Construction, Maritime Pipefitting, Maritime Sheet Metal, Maritime Welding,
Media Arts, Pastry Arts, Pre-Engineering and P-TECH Information Technology.
Career and technical education programs in Providence are also available at
Central High School, Hope High School, Mount Pleasant High School and Juanita
Sanchez Educational Complex.