Door County Economic Development Corporation: Year-long home construction project provides Door County high school students life-long skills

Contact: Christina Studebaker, 920-743-3113, ext 205 

May 28, 2019, Door County, WI – Six high school students, one tech instructor, and 39 weeks of hard work and intense learning have resulted in a stunning custom-built home in Door County. This is the tenth home completed by student builders in the county’s high school home construction project over the past 12 years. This year’s project was once again sponsored by Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), who partnered with the Door County Home Builders Association, Sturgeon Bay School District, and Sevastopol School District.
The single-story 1,825 square foot ranch style home is located at 118 N. Columbia Avenue in Sturgeon Bay and features a kitchen, dining room, and great room area with an open-concept floor plan and expansive windows. In addition, there is a master bedroom with an adjoining master bath and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, and a second bathroom.  The house includes a three-stall garage and a full basement. Other amenities include a gas fireplace, main-level laundry, and a paved patio located off of the dining room. 
An open house and dedication ceremony which is open to the public will be held on Tuesday, May 28th from 3:45-6:00pm.
This year’s student builders included Kyle Carlson (Sevastopol), Caleb Diller (Sturgeon Bay), Erik Escalera (Sturgeon Bay), Cody Kuehn (Sturgeon Bay), Kaiden Van Eperen (Sturgeon Bay), and Trevor Wilke (Sturgeon Bay). They were led and supervised by Sturgeon Bay tech instructor Seth Wilson and supported by a network of local businesses, professional contractors, and skilled trades people. Students were able to not only observe but often work side-by-side with experienced contractors who shared their knowledge, experience, and passion for home building. The students will also receive transcribed credit upon completion if they decide to enroll in the Construction program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
DCEDC’s Business-Education Partnership connects students with local businesses to provide hands-on educational experiences in real-world work settings that help students prepare for careers and future educational opportunities. Businesses benefit from extended time with students that allow students to learn more about specific business practices, special features of particular businesses, and career opportunities in Door County.