News - - Beloit Memorial High School students learn to build homes in new apprenticeship program

Students at Beloit Memorial High School are not only building their first house, but gaining skills they’ll need for life, according to Ryan Rewey, advanced career education director for the School District of Beloit.

The first house for the district’s Student House Build Program, located at 321 Ridgeland Ave., was donated to the school by the city.

The program has been a dreamchild of Rewey, who was an on-site teacher for the Janesville’s program.

“One of my goals was to get a student house going,” Rewey said. “Especially with the skilled trades gap, and student with construction, it provides a chance for kids to learn skills in high school that can transfer to a job beyond high school.”

Zach Bahr, Tyler Garretson and Kyle Otto, students in the 15-member class, said they want to pursue a career in construction after high school.

“It can be a challenge, but I like building,” Otto said.

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