Learn a Trade, Build a Career

This summer, Peninsula College, in partnership with Clallam County Habitat for Humanity, and paid in part by a Port of Port Angeles Community Grant will be hosting a 5 credit residential home building course. The class runs from July 8th to August 22nd. Students will gain classroom knowledge about the tools and techniques used in residential construction, and will then apply that knowledge “in the field” while helping Habitat for Humanity construct affordable housing on the Peninsula.

The 7-week program is designed to give participants hands-on experience as a construction trades-person. In the classroom and while helping to build a Habitat home, students will gain experience in framing, carpentry, and building design. Participants are provided with a tool-belt, boots, and the necessary variety of hand tools to jump right in – courtesy of Habitat for Humanity and the Peninsula College Foundation. Tuition and fees are the same as other Peninsula College courses, however, many students qualify for tuition assistance and other forms of financial aid which can help to offset costs.

While learning all about residential home-building, students will be setting themselves up for an exciting and profitable career. As many of our contractor business owners would have us know, there is a major shortage of skilled and motivated tradespeople on the Peninsula that are desperately needed for construction trades. Residential building construction laborers earn a very decent living wage that is above the national average of income.  Locally, the demand for workers is much greater than the supply – so the opportunity to exceed the national average exists.

Peninsula College’s construction technology program – which this course is a part of – teaches students about construction, management, and maintenance for a wide variety of building types. The program focuses on the forefront of building materials and technologies – including sustainable materials and building practices that are in-demand among home buyers. Participation in this residential home building course does not require participation in the degree program – so interested community members and anyone interested in joining the construction trade should consider joining this course.

For additional information about this 5 credit summer course please reach out to Brian Kneidl at Peninsula College via email: bkneidl@pencol.edu

Habit for Humanity display at our recent customer appreciation event
Learn about residential construction