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House 55 now for sale

house with snow on the groundStudents in the building trades: building construction; masonry; heavy equipment operations; electrical construction and maintenance electrician; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) programs all had a hand in the construction.

The 55th house that Alfred State College students have built for the Wellsville community is now on the market.

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Oishei Foundation awards Alfred State College a $100,000 grant for HVAC program

students around a table in a classroomThis expansion and enhancement of the HVAC program will benefit industry in two ways. First, it will provide twice as many graduates each year to meet workforce needs. Second, it will provide graduates with more experience in clean energy, renewable energy, and manufacturing applications.

Alfred State College (ASC) is pleased to announce that it has recently received a $100,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation. The grant will help grow the college’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program and increase its capacity for meeting high industry demand of quality, job-ready graduates.

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ASC ranked top five in US for students seeking several in-demand majors

student building a fire place, toolsWith an emphasis on hands-on, real-world learning, Alfred State College students in the School of Applied Technology are well prepared for the jobs they want after only two years of study.

With an emphasis on hands-on, real-world learning, Alfred State College students in the School of Applied Technology are well prepared for the jobs they want after only two years of study. In fact, 99 percent either have a job immediately after graduation or continue studies for another degree.

As a further testament to the quality of education students receive at the Wellsville campus, US News & World Report and Niche.com have listed Alfred State among the top five colleges in the country for schools offering several majors.

Students attend ‘Careers in Construction’ event

man speaking to several students pointingJack Jones, chair of Alfred State’s Building Trades Department, said the Careers in Construction event provided students with great insight into careers in the residential arm of construction. 

Alfred State Building Trades students recently had the opportunity to learn more about in-demand residential trades jobs at a daylong “Careers in Construction” event in Canandaigua.

Hosted by the Rochester Home Builders’ Association (RHBA) and the Construction Industry Foundation, the event allowed students to tour the Riedman Design Studio, the NextGen Building Components facilities, and a new home construction site at The Cottages at Canandaigua.

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Building Trades students preserve history while getting a hands-on education

several student standing in front of a van wearing helmets“These trips broaden the horizons of our students. For some, this is their first opportunity to see the world beyond their home,” said Jones.

Alfred State students are stepping in to help preserve the history of the nation’s public lands, while also receiving an important real-world, hands-on education.

For the third straight year, building trades: building construction students were able to use class time to help support the US state and federal parks systems. This year, eight students, accompanied by Instructional Support Assistant Mike Hess, traveled to Harriman State Park in Sloatsburg to perform historic preservation work on some of the park buildings.

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Shipping containers provide exciting new form of applied learning

students wearing hard helmets using tools on a shipping containerThe purpose of the project, Jones said, is to determine if shipping containers can be repurposed into high-efficiency housing or office units, and also to provide students with a new form of applied learning.

A new hands-on project at Alfred State College’s Wellsville campus has students really thinking outside the container.

House 55 on track for spring completion

students working on the house during the spring of 2018.Once construction is finished, the 55th house that the college has built for the Wellsville community will include 1,800 square feet of space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-concept floor plan, a large master suite, outdoor living space, and a full basement. The house is located at 3867 Foundation Drive in Wellsville.

Alfred State College students are working hard to complete House 55 by the end of the spring 2019 semester, and according to Building Trade Chair Jack Jones, the project is right on schedule.

Jones noted that interior finishes, the septic system, and the well are currently being installed. What remains to be completed, Jones said, is the brick face, the kitchen and bathroom finishes, sidewalks, a back patio, grade work, landscaping, and garage door installation.

“Work on the project will finish up in the spring semester,” he said.

Students help preserve historic mining town in California

students standing in front of Carter Residence at Malakoff Diggins State Historic ParkParticipating in the trip were four building trades: building construction students: Kyle Coffey, of Caledonia; Justin Higgins, of Buffalo; Sasha Johnson, of Webster; and Gavin Hamilton, of New City, along with Brady Adams, instructor in the Building Trades Department.

Much like the pioneers of long ago, several Alfred State College students recently headed west toward a mining town in California.

Unlike those explorers from the mid-1800s, however, the Alfred State Pioneers’ ultimate aim was not to collect gold, but rather to preserve the history of the buildings on site at the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

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HistoriCorps names Alfred State College ‘Partner of the Month’

students working on the roof of a houseThe relationship between Alfred State College and HistoriCorps is a strong one, resulting in both the restoration of historic facilities all around the country and excellent hands-on learning experiences for ASC students.

The relationship between Alfred State College and HistoriCorps is a strong one, resulting in both the restoration of historic facilities all around the country and excellent hands-on learning experiences for ASC students.

As a result of this partnership and the significant work that has been accomplished, HistoriCorps has named Alfred State College “Partner of the Month” for October. HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America.

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Building Trades students restore historic cabins in the South

students standing outside a log cabinThirteen building trades students, along with their instructor, Dan Drake, participated in a restoration project at The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum.

In the early morning hours on the day before classes were to begin for the fall 2018 semester, 13 Alfred State College building trades: building construction students, along with their instructor, Dan Drake, set out for a field trip like no other.

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