2018-05-10 / Business

Saginaw HBA teams with Career Complex building trades students

SAGINAW – In the building industry, hard-working and passionate employees are hard to come by. There is, however, growing interest in the trades at the high school level. The Saginaw Career Complex is a vocational education center with a program for building trades in Saginaw County.

Allen Thompson is the teacher of the building construction classes. While the class size is small, the students are dedicated to exploring and growing in the home building industry.

“I’m so pleased to be able to offer this kind of education to these students – they’re interested and hard-working, and I love being able to grow and support that interest and passion,” said Thompson of teaching the classes.

When Michelle Revette, executive officer at the Home Builders Association of Saginaw, got wind of this newly repurposed program, she knew that this was a project worth investing in.

“The builder and sub-contractor members often discuss the importance of starting young in this industry, and when I met Allen and his passion for the program, I knew we had to be involved,” she said.

HBA members met and agreed to support Thompson and his students.

“For the builders, this is helping their future workforce flourish. For the students, this is the chance to see how bright and fulfilling their future can be. It’s a win-win situation,” said Revette.

Steve Zietz, owner of Steve Zietz Builders and president of the HBA’s board of directors, dove whole-heartedly into becoming engaged with the SCC students.

Zietz said, “I cannot believe the passion these kids already have for this industry. It’s refreshing, and exciting to see. I want to be able to give them the opportunities they need to keep going.”

In March of this year, Zietz partnered with Thompson on behalf of the HBA and helped the students to build not one, but two playhouses. The students learned how to build from the ground up, with materials donated by other HBAS members.

“This is one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. It was inspiring to work with a great builder like Steve. Even though it was hard work, we all really loved doing it, and we’re all really proud of what we accomplished,” said SCC student Robert Thomas, Jr.

The handcrafted playhouses are being raffled off to raise money in further support of building trades programs during the HBA Parade of Homes May 12, 13, 16, 19, and 20. Tickets can be purchased at the HBA office, 3165 Cabaret Trail South, Saginaw, or Designers’ Touch Decorating Center, 8362 Midland Road, Freeland. Tickets are available through May 25.

Donations to the Building Trades programs are also welcome at the HBA office where one of the playhouses is on display. Donations will help pay for materials and supplies for the class.

For more information on events, education, or the Parade of Homes, visit hbas.org

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