|ROSEMOUNT TECHNOLOGY CENTRE STUDENTS BUILDS TWO KITCHENS FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY|
MONTREAL, APRIL 17, 2015 - Cabinetmaking students at Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC) are putting their new skills to work helping the community this spring, by building two kitchens for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that helps house low-income families.
Supervised by veteran instructor Alan Rogers, the students are involved in every step of production, from on-site measurements to the final tweak of a screw to adjust the cabinet doors. Six months ago many of them had never used power tools.
The build comes halfway into the 14 month professional training. Students have already built many smaller projects including boxes, solid wood cabinetry, and tables. A major project like this is a new challenge they are eager to tackle, armed with the training they have received so far and the added motivation of helping others. “It’s the real world,” says student Townson Lee. “It has to be done right because it’s for a real family.”
RTC Cabinetmaking began the collaboration with Habitat in 2013 with the construction of two kitchens for a duplex in the east end of Montreal. The project was a success with students and “We would love to make it a tradition – it’s a great example of collaboration between community, education, and industry,” says instructor Eliane Kinsley, who initiated the project.
Material donations from industry partners such as Blum, Uniboard, Richelieu and Arborite helped make the project possible.
“Students get an opportunity to work with the latest products like Blum’s soft-close Blumotion drawer slides, and Uniboard’s Woodprint melamine,” says Ms. Kinsley. “It gives our students great marketable skills in a rapidly changing industry.”
Blum’s commitment to education has been exceptional,” adds Mr. Rogers. “They gave generously of their time to tutor our students in contemporary hardware installation.”
Construction in the school workshop began on March 31 and concluded April 15. Installation in the St Henri duplex will be done later in the month of April.
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Michael J. Cohen