DACC Instructor Hosts Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Class

April 20, 2011

On April 12th, Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) instructor, Gene Scott, offered his evening and his classroom to help Delaware County Habitat for Humanity (DCHFH) future and current homeowners learn basic electrical skills that they can use around their homes.

This class was created in response to Habitat for Humanity’s desire to empower homeowners to perform routine repairs on their own. According to Jan Laster, DCHFH’s Family Support Committee Chair, the time and resources required to hire professionals to make repairs on the homes could be avoided with a few classes offered by area experts. To make the class more convenient for families, children under seven were allowed to play in DACC’s Early Childhood Education classroom with supervision from a DCHFH staff member.

Mr. Scott covered areas such as how to work with a breaker box, recognizing live wires and the purpose for the color system used on wires, how to change out an electrical outlet, how to install a ceiling light, and safety guidelines. In true DACC style, a brief overview was followed by hands-on activities that helped the Habitat families apply classroom learning to real life situations.

Some of the most interested students were the homeowners’ children. These ten to fourteen year olds were excited to get their hands on the tools and wiring that Mr. Scott made available. Some of them took equipment home with them so they wouldn’t forget what they learned.

One more class is scheduled to be hosted at DACC by Mr. Scott in May, which will cover plumbing repair and maintenance. Additional home maintenance classes, taught by Delaware professionals, will be held in June, July, and September. Also in attendance were Partner-Advocate-Liasons (PALs) to the Habitat families who offer leadership activities for boys ages 7-14.

Related Links:
Learn more about DACC's Construction Technology Program
Delaware County Habitat for Humanity
Learn more about community service projects DACC students participate in for Habitat
See photos of our students in action, working on a Habitat house