Conestoga news

October 21, 2015 9:57 AM

Students support Habitat for Humanity

A group of first-year students in the General Arts and Sciences program at Conestoga’s Brantford campus recently rolled up their sleeves to lend support to a Habitat for Humanity project.

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Students from Conestoga’s Brantford campus volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on October 17, 2015.

The work was done on Saturday, October 17 as an applied learning activity for the Student Success course. Seventeen students assisted with final touches on homes built for deserving families in the Brantford community by removing refuse from the build sites and cleaning the homes.

Habitat for Humanity Brant builds homes for low-income families through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials. The work completed by the students promoted team building and the value of community citizenship.

“The event was such an empowering initiative on many levels,” said Deb Cox, a faculty member in Conestoga’s School of Communications & Liberal Studies. “Connecting students to community opportunities as an applied learning experience gives first-year students a sense of community and the value of team work to achieve a common goal. The importance of volunteering and community citizenship is a meaningful accomplishment for the transition to professional growth.”

Other Conestoga students have also helped with Habitat for Humanity builds in Brantford. Walls were pre-fabricated by skilled trades students earlier in the year and an Architecture - Project and Facility Management (APFM) co-op student was hired to support the group’s director of construction this past summer. Other APFM students volunteered for a build day this fall.

Conestoga’s Brantford campus provides diploma programs in Business and Health Office Administration, a graduate certificate program in Human Resources Management and certificate programs in Medical Office Practice and General Arts and Science.

More on Habitat for Humanity Brant is available on its website