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CCC students build ‘amazing’ townhome in Hastings

Students get hands-on experience while building new townhome in Hastings
Students get hands-on experience while building new townhome in Hastings(Jazmine Huertas)
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 11:35 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A little over two years ago, Central Community College was presented with a conception from Hastings Economic Development. They were offered a piece of land to build a home on.

The townhome has two bedrooms, three baths with 1900 square feet upstairs, that’s all finished.

A little over two years ago, Central Community College was presented with a conception from...
A little over two years ago, Central Community College was presented with a conception from Hastings Economic Development. They were offered a piece of land to build a home on.(Jazmine Huertas)

Associate Dean of Skilled and Technical Sciences, Alison Feeney, said what’s unique about this project, compared to the traditional ranch-style home usually built on campus, is that this gives the students a little bit more experience.

There are three programs that were a part of this; HVAC, electric, and construction. Approximately 90 students throughout the school year were able to get their hands on this.

“For example, our HVAC students are able to establish that utility room downstairs, to be able to set that heat pump outside,” Feeney said. “Our electrical students are able to establish that electricity and be able to see all the components working in the home from start to finish from wiring to final phases of hanging those light fixtures and things. And of course our construction students.”

Feeney said being able to see the house from conception to finish, really gives the students the full experience.

“I think it’s huge,” said Thomas Harling, a CCC student. “Some people can learn out of a book and some people learn better using their hands. Me? I learn better with my hands and I think that being able to be out here and on the site, learn it here, is amazing.”

A little over two years ago, Central Community College was presented with a conception from...
A little over two years ago, Central Community College was presented with a conception from Hastings Economic Development. They were offered a piece of land to build a home on.(Jazmine Huertas)

Alex Keele and Tim Hromadka, two new instructors, came into the project halfway through, stepped up to the challenge, learned their new jobs, and were absolutely crucial to its success, according to Feeney.

A little over two years ago, Central Community College was presented with a conception from...
A little over two years ago, Central Community College was presented with a conception from Hastings Economic Development. They were offered a piece of land to build a home on.(Jazmine Huertas)

This home is on the market with a real estate agent and Feeney said they are close to receiving offers and finalizing things for the home on 3121 W. Laux Drive in Hastings.

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