Green Bay students built a $200,00 home, learn construction job skills


Students Ashton Xiong, Connor Vandelaarschot and Thomas Debeck are pictured Aug. 25, 2022, outside the house they helped build through the Green Bay School District's Bridges Construction and Renovation program in partnership with NeighborWorks Green Bay.

GREEN BAY — Last fall, 331 S. Irwin Ave. in Green Bay was a nothing more than a vacant lot with some trees.

Now, there is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, largely built by high-schoolers.

The home was built as part of the Green Bay School District’s Bridges Construction and Renovation program and its partnership with NeighborWorks Green Bay.

Bridges is a work-based learning experience where students get down and dirty learning how to build a home while getting both high school and college credit at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. 

Professional crews are brought in to do the more complex parts of construction like plumbing, pouring concrete and wiring the house for electricity.

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