Students in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s Construction Technology program recently used their skills to help a charity that benefits veterans and troops overseas.
The construction students built four large bookcases for donation to the Clifton Park-based Books for Troop, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that send books to troops stationed overseas and to veterans hospitals across the country.
According to Ellen Keegan, the founder and director of the organization, Books for Troops has mailed approximately 500,000 books to service members and veterans since its beginning in 2010.
A crew of four students built the bookcases. They were Matthew Crounse and Xavier Ortega, both or Amsterdam, Cameron Tarbox of Johnstown and crew foreman Michael Piska of Broadalbin-Perth.
The HFM Construction Technology program is a two-year program that stresses career preparation in the building trades with an emphasis on green building techniques.
Through building projects on campus, students are exposed to a variety of construction trades including residential construction, blueprint reading and estimating, building materials and tools, surveying, foundation, floor wall and roof systems, insulation, window and door installation, home electrical wiring, and energy use analysis.