ALFRED — A group of Alfred State College students recently gained some valuable hands-on, real-world experience while making a difference in the local community.
Under the guidance of Instructor Scott Hillman, 16 HVAC students installed an entire plumbing system at a newly-built house on Clark Street in Wellsville, Allegany County.
Matthew Holmes of Pike was among the students who participated.
The project came about, Hillman said, after Jason Isaman of the Allegany County Land Bank Corporation met with the college’s Building Trades Department to determine whether students could assist in some way with the construction of a new house. Hillman said he is very proud of the students and the work they have achieved.
“They were able to take the lessons and the theories learned in the classroom and apply them directly into installing the plumbing system for this new house,” he said. “This type of ‘live work’ is vital to meeting our student learning objectives — the students are able to physically use the skills they’ve learned. This particular project is special because we were able to give back and improve the local community as well, so it’s a win-win for all.”