Most mornings don't find the Grand Island Senior High Advanced Construction Class in a classroom. Students spend much of their time on a job site building a house.
"We started from the foundation and built all the walls and laid out everything ourselves and right now we're about to put up roof trusses," says senior Jarred Kuhl.
Instructor Ed Kinne says contractors do the plumbing and electrical work, but all the carpentry work, including a deck and interior trim, will be done by students.
"Our goal is to give the kids some general carpentry experience, be able to measure accurately, run the power tools, the air nailer safely, so if they choose to go on into the field of construction after high school, they have a basic knowledge of the construction industry," says Kinne.
Students say they learn more on site than they would at a desk.
"It's more like a job than it is school because we get to go out and we get close to three hours a day to work on a house and Kinne teaches us a lot of stuff and it's just different than the classes we had at senior high," says senior Joe Meister.
Kinne says students are able to do more at the build because of changes in curriculum thanks to the opening of the Career Pathways Institute. He says CPI has allowed them to teach twice as many kids and for longer each day, something students say will pay off for them.
"During college I can work my way through and find a job in the summer and help pay for college and get some more experience so maybe someday I can open up my own business," says Kuhl.
Instructors say working with other disciplines through CPI will give students even more control over next year's house build because drafting class students will be designing it.