High school students help to build house in Virginia Beach

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 24, 2015

Virginia Beach, Va. – A new house on the market in Virginia Beach looks similar to the others nearby, but there’s one big difference.

It was built by high school students.

Located at 1909 Evar Place near General Booth Blvd., it’s a two-story, 2,228 square foot home with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.

It was built as part of a program called “The House Students Built” through the Technical and Career Education Center.

This is the tenth house they’ve built in Virginia Beach since starting the program.

“Primarily these are 11th and 12th graders that are out here working on the house in combination with their basic high school curriculum and are learning a trade in hopes that it may inspire them to become a plumber or an electrician,” said Chris Ettel with VB Homes, an area construction company.  He served as a mentor to the students and was also chairman of the project.

Tuesday afternoon, the students and others in the community came together to celebrate its completion.

They also recognized a number of area businesses.  More than 30 businesses donated their time and materials to help make the house possible.

It’s something they say is important to do in order to give students hands-on training and hopefully inspire them to make a career out of it.

“Sometimes students feel like there’s only one path to success and when they don’t fit into that path, they’re not really sure how they’re gonna be successful, but these types of programs fill a need in the industry, said Daniel Ramos, one of their teachers.

The house is on the market for $399,900.  Once it’s sold, the net profits will go to the Virginia Beach Education Foundation which provides grants to teachers.