As tiny houses become more and more popular, Columbus City Schools is helping students get into the industry. The district says new programs will make students more employable after graduation.
“We’re in the construction arts hallway headed down toward the construction area,” says career education specialist Joe Rader.
Inside the Columbus City Schools’ mammoth Construction Arts building on the Fort Hayes campus, students learn all sorts of professional building skills. Joe Rader takes us past lab space and classrooms.
“Classrooms [are] on the right; lab space is on the left. Masonry, carpentry, electricity and HVAC at this end of the building,” Rader says.
Once outside we walk across the parking lot to see the Tiny House.
“Inside the Tiny House right now we have a futon couch with a flat screen TV,” Rader says. “We have some accent lighting as you come in. We have some old Thomas Edison fixtures to kind of give it some character. We have plenty of cabinetry; a butcher block counter top; stainless steel appliances; and in the far back end you have a full-size shower, a full-size toilet, and above that you have a queen size loft.”
The Tiny House was built during the last school year by students enrolled in the school system’s Career and Technical Education curriculum.