The Humboldt Regional Occupational Program/Building Trades Program was recently presented with the Community Builder Award by the McKinleyville Community Services District.
HROP, which is run through the Humboldt County Office of Education, teaches McKinleyville and Arcata High students construction skills.
Since 1987, students in the program have been building houses in McKinleyville, learning construction and architectural design.
The students have built athletic field house at Mack High, the McKinleyville Sheriff’s Office and an addition to the MCSD office on Sutter Road.
The program began in 1987 under the inspiration of teacher Robe Bode.
“As far as we know, this was the first such high school construction program in the state,” stated a pamphlet from HROP.
The program is now under the supervision of instructor Dave Enos, who teaches both architectural design and building trades classes. Under his supervision, 13 homes and the McKinleyville Sheriff’s Office were built.
Students in the program earn high school credit and earn credit towards tool purchases of their choosing. Several students who have graduated from the program are now working as professional contractors or in some related aspect of the industry.
The program is currently working with the MCSD to provide technical assistance for the proposed teen center.
Representatives of the program were presented with the Community Building Award at the MCSD’s March 6 meeting.