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Local high school students help build home

Posted at 6:52 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 18:52:11-05

For the first time, a father of two will have a place to call his own and the people who pieced it all together aren't even old enough to put a down payment on their first home.

"Trust me I'm so happy," Kenrick Wright said.

He watched pieces of wood transform into his future home in West Palm Beach, Friday afternoon.

"My son and my daughter are going to be a lot more excited more than me because they will have their own room," he said. 

The people who put it together couldn't be happier to help.

"For the most part they just show us what to do and they put us to work and we build the whole house," Frank Desousa said. 

It's a part of a class offered at Seminole Ridge High School. Rick Terkovich says enrollment is steady.

"I've got kids that been in the industry now for 4 or 5 years and they're making more than I am," he said. 

An annual survey taken this year revealed that 79 percent of construction employers in Florida say they are having a hard time filling skilled trade positions. 

"I'm able to get every kid that wants a job a job usually within an hour or two hours," Terkovich said.

"We handle all these mistakes whether they be minor or major we really face these head-on," Jacob Campbell said. 

With the help of instructors and mentors, the students are not only building a construction portfolio but a sense of community.

"Seeing everything come to fruition is just really satisfying," Campbell said. 

The home is expected to be completed by March.