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Joliet Township High Schools partner with City of Joliet Neighborhood Services Division

September 21, 2016 01:29 PM
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Joliet Township High Schools have partnered with the City of Joliet Neighborhood Services Division, allowing construction occupations students to learn about and observe the City of Joliet’s construction of seven homes in the Forest Park and Southside area.

Alfredo Melesio, Neighborhood Services Director, said, “We’re happy to be working with Joliet Township High Schools so that the kids can see the impact that local initiatives have on their neighborhoods. For me, it’s exciting to be a part of seeing things happen.”

The program begins with Melesio visiting the students in the classroom to share the history and scope of the project. The classroom visit will be followed by two-hour fieldtrip bus tours of a few of the sites throughout the academic year.

Joliet Central senior James Epting said, “I’m interested in becoming a construction manager or a carpenter, so I’m excited to see how these construction sites will compare to others I’ve seen.”

Not only does the project inform students of city initiatives, but it also exposes them to all aspects and stages of home construction, including: survey, permits, excavation, foundation, framing, windows and exterior doors, plumbing, heating, electrical, roofing, gutters, insulation, drywall, landscaping, carpentry, painting, and more.

After participating in the first bus tour, Joliet West junior Patrick Kasheimer said, “This experience has helped me learn that you can’t put everything together in one day. It really takes time to set up the foundation and then build the rest with quality. That is the lesson that really stood out, and it will help me especially if I choose to go into this career later.”

The partnership between the Joliet Township High Schools Career and Technical Education Program and the City of Joliet Neighborhood Services Division allows students to explore their interest in a career in the construction industry through real-world, first-hand observation of city initiatives.

About the City of Joliet New Housing Construction

The City of Joliet is constructing two ranch homes and five two-story homes in the Forest Park and Southside Area. The Two-Story Home has over 1,500 square feet, 3 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. The Ranch Home is also over 1,400 square feet., and has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. 

Construction on the homes has already begun at the following locations: 1317 Demmond Ct., Two-Story; 1414 Woodruff Rd., Ranch; 219 Third Ave., Two-Story; 1102 Antram Ave., Ranch; 224 Union St., Two-Story; 504 Elmwood Ave., Two-Story; 409 S. Ottawa St., Two-Story.

For information regarding the purchase of the homes please contact Jeff Gregory, Realty Executive Success, (815) 954-7314, JeffGregory@RealtyExecutives.com. Applications must be submitted to the Will County Center for Community Concerns, 2455 Glenwood Ave, Joliet, IL 60435, Attn: Patricia Venziano (815) 722-0722 x 217, Email: contactus@wcccc.net.

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