Carpentry students present projects

Evan Baltzley spoke at last Thursday’s SCCTC meeting of a project of constructing more than 1,200 birdhouses. STAFF PHOTO/PAT FARNELLI

Evan Baltzley spoke at last Thursday’s SCCTC meeting of a project of constructing more than 1,200 birdhouses. STAFF PHOTO/PAT FARNELLI

BY PAT FARNELLI

The Susquehanna Career and Technology board meeting Thursday featured presentations by carpentry students.

Teacher Bruce Castelli introduced the students, many of whom were in tenth grade.

Evan Baltzley, foreman for a bluebird house project, is a junior at Elk Lake.

He said that last summer, SCCTC carpentry students made signs for P&G’s walking trails, and that as a result, they were asked to build bird houses for an annual employee outing. 2,000 bluebird homes were requested for employees at the Mehoopany plant, while another 200 were commissioned for an Ohio plant.
The project involved having branding irons welded to blaze “SCCTC” and “P&G” onto the sides of the house, which was accomplished in the metal shop.

“We had to make a little blast furnace to make the branding irons,” Baltzley said.

Baltzley ordered the materials, which were paid for by the company.

The houses were designed, and the wood was cut and put together using hand tools.

Board member Donica McGee asked Baltzley, “What is the most important thing you learned with this project, working with a large corporation?”

“Responsibility, and communication skills,” Baltzley answered.

Matthew Harvey presented his Elk Lake press box project, which involved constructing a small building that can be moved from one playing field to another.

Derek Smith and Casey McCauley were involved in a picnic table project, for the area outside the SCCTC’s B building. Castelli told the audience that the students building the tables realized that it only took them four hours to make a picnic table, and that they could make money doing just that.
Senior Luke Jones presented his project of making kitchen cabinets for the House #3 project.

Timothy Marbaker discussed his team’s construction of a post office table for Meshoppen, which was flooded during Tropical storm Lee.

Dog houses for the True Friends Animal Shelter were constructed by the team supervised by Patrick Sekely.

Noah Cobb showed slides of wooden toys produced for distribution by Toys for Tots.
Bird House kits for a community event for kids were designed, produced and packaged by Drew Smith’s team.

Elk Lake dugouts that were falling into disrepair were rebuilt and renovated by Dustin Denby and his crew.

Finally, first year blue bird house projects were organized and prepared by Garrett Denby.
At the end of the project presentations, bluebird houses were presented to the board members and administrators.

SCCTC director Alice Davis discussed a partnership agreement with Mansfield University, which is cooperating with the SCCTC to provide distance learning opportunities for programs, which can be offered to students outside the immediate area.

The board granted permission for the career center to advertise for licensed practical nurse clinical instructor positions. Also, the board approved ordering items needed to set up the LPN lab facility, which will cost $18,176.

The SCCTC graduation will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.