Toll Brothers Welcomes High School Students to Join Their “Adopt-a-Home” Program
Toll Brothers’ Regency at Glen Ellen community welcomed 23 freshmen and seniors from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, MA to meet and greet professional Construction Managers in a home under construction to talk about the current building methods used in the home building industry.
Toll Brothers started this program a couple of years ago in order to bring awareness to students, who may or may not attend secondary schools upon graduating high school, the business of building homes. With the national home building landscape seeing a drastic decline in skilled and un-skilled labor, Toll Brothers is using this grass-roots program to give the students real world exposure to the industry with the hopes of sparking an interest for their future career path.
“Our hope is to allow the kids to touch and feel the process a little better than just hearing about in the classroom”, explains Ryan O’Rourke, Toll Brothers’ Project Manager for the Regency at Glen Ellen community.
O’Rourke continued, “We’ve actually had the buyers of the home participating and interacting with the kids. They feel it takes a village in the learning process”.
Toll Brothers designates a home, shares building plans with the students for classroom review and reference and entertains bus loads of kids on site reviewing in real time the building of that home. The visits occur approximately every two weeks during the school year so they get a real feel for how a home gets built along the production path.
Brian Boyd, Tri-County’s carpentry teacher who has been the spearhead for the school’s partnership with Toll Brothers said, “The partnership that has been forged between Tri-County and Toll Brothers has been instrumental in the education of our students. For an aspiring trades-person, there is no substitute for being able to get out into the field and witness real work happening at a real-world pace. Our students have been able to do that on a regular basis and witness all of the different phases of the construction process. What has been so great about Toll Brothers inviting us out to their development to track the construction process has been their availability. Each visit, our students are able to listen to a Project Manager describe what has happened since our last visit, why it was done, and then take any questions our students may have.”
For now, Toll Brothers has partnered with Nashoba Valley Technical and Milford High Schools as well as Tri-County and is looking to expand the program in the future.
** Press Release courtesy of Toll Brothers Massachusetts Division – Adopt-a-Home program. Written by Tony Casapulla.