Western Technical College is sending students from its architectural technology program to Wisconsin’s Capitol on Feb. 20 as part of a system-wide showcase of service learning.
Western students Seamus Byrne, Sarah Yehle, Jason Goin, and Rebecca Bolton will share details on a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity-La Crosse area and Pete Zirbel’s Architectural Technology class. The organization, which provides low-income families with homes of their own, meets with the students to describe the needs of a client family as well as details for the potential building sites. Students then use this information to develop construction documents, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and framing plans for cost effective, sustainable home designs.
“Service learning is extremely important in two ways,” said Western President Roger Stanford. “Not only are students learning the technical skills in their field, they are learning about what it means to be a leader in the community.”
The students will be presenting their projects to state legislators and other visitors from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.