CCI team mentors future builders

Students learn building skills, while giving taxpayers a hand

August 10, 2018 at 9:18 am | By Hillary Gavan | Beloit Daily News

Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Students at Hendricks CareerTek Advanced Construction Academy renovated locker rooms at the Krueger-Haskell Clubhouse. The city paid for fixtures and paint and the students contributed the labor in exchange for learning opportunities.

BELOIT – There’s a lot to be learned in a locker room.

Students in CareerTek’s Advanced Construction Academy learned about everything from toilet installation to how to lay flooring during the week-long renovation of the men’s and women’s locker rooms at the Krueger-Haskell Golf Course Clubhouse. The city purchased the fixtures and the students provided the labor in return for the learning experience.

Business and Education Director Tina Salzman said students started working on Monday. They put in a wall, new flooring and benches in the men’s locker room. In the women’s side they did similar work in addition to tearing down a cinder block wall. Part of the project included cleaning the toilets and attaching new fixtures to them. Students also got to watch plumbing and electrical being installed by the professionals along the way.

The locker rooms were outdated and in need of facelift.

“I don’t want to remember what it looked like,” said student Ben Leisher about the start of the project.

Alexus Bell, a Beloit Memorial High School student who has taken three construction courses and hopes to be an interior designer, said it was cool to see it all come together. She said it took a lot of attention to detail and some hard work, such as when she peeled off wallpaper.

Conrad Greenberg, a home school student, said he learned how to put in a wall.

“I’ve never done that before,” he said.