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Pathways Innovation Center students construct a cabin

Imagine having the opportunity to build a cabin for high school credit. That is exactly what some Natrona County School District students have been doing during their time at Pathways Innovation Center.
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 6:56 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Pathways Innovation Center (PIC) offers courses that enable students to build skills for a career after school. In the construction class, students have been building a cabin.

The cabin was designed through Casper College’s Architectural Program.

“There’s an extremely high demand for students with skills in our community,” said PIC construction teacher Rob Hill. “So being able to have a real hands on project where they can actually build a house in a controlled setting allows students to get better prepared for our workforce needs in the community.”

Hill said it’s challenging at first working with students that are primarily entry-level. “As students keep gaining skills and gaining confidence, they become more independent and are able to take on tasks that they wouldn’t normally be able to do in most settings.”

Natrona County High School junior and PIC student Jack Mortimer has been on the crew building the cabin and said it’s been a really good experience.

“You learn real life things coming in,” said Mortimer. “You learn how to finish products and build. It’s really, it’s amazing the stuff you learn in here.”

Hill said the cabin’s construction wouldn’t have been possible without local partners lending their expertise. GW Mechanical and ITC Electrical Technologies have stopped by to help with some of the finer points in constructing the cabin.

“They’ve always been there for us to help us, and really it takes us to another level,” said Hill. “It makes the skills gap smaller and allows our students to meet some of the contractors in the community that are hiring, so it’s really a collaborative effort in the interest of our students.”

The next step in the construction of the cabin is for the Natrona County High School interior design class to help stage the inside, and then, it will be auctioned off.

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