HCAP Program – Students Building Homes

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The High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) has done it again!  These students are in the process of finishing this new home, all completed through the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP).

What’s the HCAP Program?


The HCAP program provides an opportunity for students to experience a “hands on” approach to learning.  Students spend a semester working with a School Board Journeyperson Carpenter/Teacher, building a house.

Students are allowed the opportunity to explore a variety of trades.  These trades may, one day, lead to a career choice.  While building the house, students will experience all aspects of housing: framing, insulation, vapor barrier, installation of windows and doors, finishing, roofing, concrete, drywalling, painting, siding as well as, assisting Journeypersons, Electricians and Plumbers. Students will be working with the tools that are presently used in today’s construction.

Read more here: https://www.spsd.sk.ca/school/mountroyal/programs/HCAP/Pages/default.aspx

Fun Facts about the HCAP Program:

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  • There are currently 12 students in the program
  • This is the 4th home they HCAP program will be completing from start to finish
  • These homes get moved to the Whitecap Dakota First Nation
  • Many of the students end up working and building their career in the trades.  Ex: Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical.

“This program gives our students the necessary experience to take to industry,” says Don McDonald, Mount Royal Collegiate HCAP teacher and Journeyman Carpenter. “This is the foundational piece to hopefully help them secure their first job in the trades.” This program is a great example of how our education system is evolving to better prepare students for future employment.

For more information please visit: https://www.spsd.sk.ca/school/mountroyal/programs/HCAP/Pages/default.aspx

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