COT Students work on Major Habitat Construction



A group of Construction/Carpentry Technology students from the Montana Tech College of Technology has begun work on a 4-plex condominium in partnership with Habitat For Humanity of Southwest Montana. The students, and their instructor, Bill Ryan, are constructing the four unit condominium with special accessibility features in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and which exceed Energy Star standards for efficiency. The home is located at 633 S. Idaho Street.

"This is an exciting project for our students," said Bill Ryan, COT Carpentry Instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technology Department. "This is the first multifamily project for Habitat in Butte. Not only are our students learning valuable skills, they are getting to work on actual construction projects while helping their community."

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. They have been very active in several Southwest Montana counties since they started activities here in 1997. Habitat for Humanity homes are made affordable to local, low income families.

"This Habitat for Humanity project is one of our American Democracy Project initiatives. The goal is to produce graduates who are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "Our students can be proud to be participating in the betterment of their community. I, for one, am very proud of them and the work they are doing."